Football: Offense shines in Northwest spring game

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Antonio Reese caught a 61-yard touchdown pass and rushed for 93 more yards and another score as Northwest’s Navy team beat the Red team 31-7 in the Texans’ spring game Wednesday.

ON TARGET – Northwest quarterback Austin Ahmad rolls out to pass during the Texans’ spring game Wednesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Reese spelled last year’s starter DeMareus Hosey, who rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in mostly first-half action.

Hosey broke off a 44-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and five plays later plunged into the end zone from two yards out.

“That’s the thing we want – having stable backs and keeping everyone fresh. Antonio has grown and matured quite a bit,” said Northwest coach Bill Poe. “We’re excited about his future, being able to get into a rotation with DeMareus and help us offensively.”

Sophomore Austin Ahmad got the nod under center for Navy and finished 9-of-16 for 61 yards. Poe said Ahmad will be the starter going into the fall, replacing Prince Mavula, who graduated this year.

“I’m really excited for next season,” Ahmad said. “Prince was a great quarterback. I learned a lot from him.”

Ahmad’s counterpart, Jaden O’Connell, threw the 61-yard strike to Reese that went for the touchdown in the first quarter to make it 14-0. Taylor Morgan scored Red’s only touchdown of the game in the second quarter, finding pay dirt from 14 yards out.

After Reese’s 11-yard touchdown run made it 21-7, both teams were kept in check until late in the fourth quarter as the defenses took over.

Red had a chance to score before halftime, as Brandon Ethieson delivered a perfectly placed ball over the middle to Mondrell Gentry. But Gentry fumbled at the five-yard line and gave the ball back to Navy.

Red lost another fumble in the first quarter and Weldon Sherrill threw an interception.

“We knew there was going to be some ebb and flow in the ballgame,” Poe said. “Right off the bat we were able to do some things offensively, but that’s one of the things I’m proud of defensively. They bowed their neck up a little bit and kind of settled down.”

Northwest opens the 2018 season Aug. 31 against Little Elm. The Texans went 6-4 in 2017 but missed out on the playoffs, finishing fifth in District 6-5A.

Northwest will compete in the newly re-aligned District 2-5A Division II this year with Carter Riverside, Eastern Hills, North Side, Poly, Southwest and Wyatt.

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