In Friday’s opener, the Northwest Texans picked up right where they left off at the end of the 2012 regular season, rolling past Grand Prairie for a 49-23 victory.
“The kids played really well,” head coach Bill Patterson said. “We did a lot of good things.”
New quarterback Jesse Drummer got the season off to a great start with 292 passing yards and two touchdowns.
“He played well in his first game,” Patterson said. “He’s got to keep improving, but he did what we asked and didn’t turn the ball over.”
The Texans (1-0) hope to keep their offensive onslaught going this week at Grapevine (0-1).
Backup signal-caller Dusty Cloud saw a lot of action, too, running three series at quarterback and also playing running back and receiver. Although Drummer is the starter for now, Cloud will continue to play a variety of roles.
Grapevine is coming off a 45-7 loss to Fossil Ridge.
“They just didn’t play well,” Patterson said. “They didn’t play up to their potential, but they’ll be up to task and ready to play this week.”
Grapevine will have their hands full trying to slow down the Texan attack that rolled up 503 yards of total offense. Their defense was just as stout, only allowing 73 rushing yards and creating two turnovers.
“Our defense played well, but we gave up some yards late that was my fault,” Patterson said. “I adjusted some things I shouldn’t have done.”
Grapevine looks a lot like Northwest offensively, with their spread attack and two-back sets.
Patterson says there is one improvement he would like to see this week.
“We had a couple of mistakes lining up on defense that we’ve got to get corrected,” he said.
NORTHWEST (1-0) AT
at Mustang-Panther Stadium
Northwest: Harris Rating 218
Notable: The Texans put up 503 yards of total offense against Grand Prairie.
Grapevine: Harris Rating 200
Notable: The Mustangs fell 45-7 to Fossil Ridge last week.
Harris line: Northwest by 17