Like everyone else, the Northwest Texans had a difficult time keeping up with the torrid pace of Southlake Carroll last week.
The game was tied 14-14 before the Dragons reeled off 49 unanswered points on their way to their sixth straight victory.
“They are a good football team,” Northwest coach Bill Patterson said. “They played a lot better than us, and we didn’t play very well. It turned into a situation where we had to score every time we touched the football.”
It’s the second district loss for the Texans, who hope to come back quickly after a short week off.
Northwest (5-2, 2-2) travels to Timber Creek (2-5, 1-3) Thursday for a 7:30 kickoff.
To stay in the playoff race, the Texans can’t afford a second straight loss.
“There can’t be any talk of a hangover,” Patterson said. “All the teams below us at 1-3 play us the next couple of weeks. We will be ready. If we win the next two then we’re in the playoffs.”
Getting back on the field sooner than usual may be a good remedy for the Texans after the blowout loss.
“I think it’ll be good for us,” Patterson said. “I don’t mind playing on Thursdays this time of year. We had a good practice yesterday, and the kids are excited to get back out there.”
Timber Creek’s lone district win came last week against Richland. They are averaging 110 rushing yards per game.
“They have a good running back [Amon Lindsay],” Patterson said. “We’ve just got to go tackle him – it’s not complicated.”
Northwest also needs to get their offense back on track after only 64 rushing yards against Carroll.
“We need to get off our heels and get our aggression back,” Patterson said. “The game is won with our offensive and defensive lines. We’ve got to do better.”
NORTHWEST (5-2, 2-2) AT TIMBER CREEK (2-5, 1-3)
Keller ISD Athletic Complex Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Northwest: Harris Rating 227
Notable: The Texans only managed 64 rushing yards against Carroll.
Timber Creek: Harris Rating 200
Notable: The Falcons fell 52-14 to the Texans last season.
Harris line: Northwest by 11