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Texans face tough test

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Northwest Texans couldn’t have asked for a better start to their season.

They won their first three non-district games and started District 4-5A play last week with a 31-17 win over Keller.

They look to take the win streak to five games against a good Fossil Ridge team this Friday.

Northwest (4-0, 1-0) hosts the Keller Fossil Ridge Panthers (3-1, 1-0) at Northwest ISD Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

It’s the first home game for the Texans since the opening week of the season.

Keller used a flurry of onside kicks and deep passes to score late and cut into the Texans’ lead. Northwest head coach Bill Patterson said despite that, his team played well against the Indians.

“Our offense played well, and they played even better in the second half,” Patterson said. “Getting the opening district win is nice, to keep you in control of your own destiny. You always need to take care of business so you’re not having to wait ’til the last game of the season for help.”

To pick up their second district win, the Texans are going to have to take down a tough Panther team. Fossil Ridge is coming off a 42-22 win over Richland.

“Their quarterback is a two-year starter and they have a great running back [Keshawn Mitchell],” Patterson said. “We are going to have to cover their receivers and make their quarterback move around.”

The Northwest offense continues to be proficient, averaging 240 yards passing per game. Jessie Drummer has thrown for 901 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Texans balance that output with 180 yards rushing a game.

FOSSIL RIDGE (3-1, 1-0)
NORTHWEST (4-0, 1-0)

7:30 p.m.
at Northwest ISD Stadium

Northwest: Harris Rating 234

Notable: The Texans are playing their first home game since Aug. 30.

Fossil Ridge: Harris Rating 225

Notable: Fossil Ridge fell to the Texans 31-10 last year.

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