For the first time, the Northwest Texans are heading to the postseason for the second consecutive year.
After a heart-pounding win over Keller Central last Thursday, the Texans solidified their spot as the District 4-5A Division II first seed representative.
Northwest (8-2) takes on the Arlington Lamar Vikings (8-2) Friday in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs at Birdville Athletic Complex. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
“The kids are excited. Since we played Carroll we’ve been playing pretty good,” Northwest coach Bill Patterson said. “We’ve played well the last five weeks and got ourselves in the playoffs. I told the kids yesterday this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so take advantage of it.”
That first-ever playoff victory still eludes the Texans, but Patterson says this group is focused to be the team that gets Northwest over that hump.
“We talk about it all the time,” Patterson said. “We’ve been talking about it since off-season started last December. The kids understand what’s in front of them.”
Last year’s postseason experience should help the Texans.
“They are not just in awe anymore,” the coach said.
Lamar ended the season on a three-game winning streak. Their only losses were to Arlington Bowie and South Grand Prairie.
Offensively, they are led by Cameron Smith and Jamal Kemp. The duo has combined for 1,406 yards on the ground.
“They have a lot of good athletes on offense,” Patterson said. “Defensively they have struggled some.”
Northwest’s defense has had some struggles of its own lately, especially getting out of the gate against strong offenses. They fell into deep holes early against Fossil Ridge and Carroll.
Patterson knows they can’t let that happen again against Lamar.
“If we get down 14-0 in this one, it can get to 28-0 pretty quick,” Patterson said. “We have to be ready, and we can’t turn the ball over on offense.”
NORTHWEST (8-2, 5-2) VS. ARLINGTON LAMAR (8-2, 6-1)
7:30 p.m. at Birdville Athletic Complex
Northwest: The Texans are still in search of their first playoff victory.
Arlington Lamar: Lamar is named after Mirabeau B. Lamar the second president of the Republic of Texas.
Harris line: Lamar by 7