Grapevine dominates Northwest in blowout

By Reece Waddell | Published Thursday, September 13, 2018.
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Not much went right for the Northwest Texans Thursday night.

Junior quarterback Austin Ahmad threw four interceptions — two of which were returned for touchdowns in the first half — and the Northwest offense was stymied.

Grapevine held senior running back DeMareus Hosey to under 100 yards for the first time this season, as the Mustangs rolled to a 56-21 victory at Northwest ISD Stadium.

Northwest running back DeMareus Hosey avoids a tackler Thursday night against Grapevine. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting.

“We couldn’t establish consistency or rhythm,” said Northwest coach Bill Poe. “Granted, they did some good things on defense. They played hard and executed better than we did — bottom line.”

Despite trailing 35-14 at halftime, Northwest scored on its opening possession of the second half to cut into the deficit.

The Texans’ defense then forced consecutive three-and-outs to give the ball back to the offense. With the chance to trim Grapevine’s lead to a single touchdown, Ahmad and the Northwest offense approached midfield — but their drive was quickly halted.

As Ahmad dropped back to throw, he was hit from behind, jarring the ball into the air. It floated into the waiting arms of Timothy Drysdale, who nearly ran the interception back for his third pick-six of the game

On the next play, Grapevine punched it in from a yard out to re-gain its three-possession advantage.

“Coming out and being able to put the ball in the end zone, I really thought that would give us a momentum swing,” Poe said. “We just went flat.”

Ahmad finished the game 12-of-34 for 151 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Hosey ran for 80 yards and a score on 23 carries.

After surrendering an 11-play opening drive touchdown, Northwest responded with a quick touchdown to tie the game at 7. On Grapevine’s next two drives, the Texans picked off quarterback Cade Rhodes, but Northwest was unable to capitalize on the turnovers.

Northwest junior Cooper McDonald returns an interception during Thursday’s game against Grapevine. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting.

Junior Cooper McDonald made one of the interceptions, jumping Rhodes’ pass and returning the ball to the Grapevine 20-yard line.

“I saw the quarterback glance over there, and I knew something was happening,” McDonald said.”I just went and got in front of it.”

Northwest surrendered 497 yards of total offense in the loss. Grapevine running back Roshown Prear racked up 145 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.

The Texans fell to 1-2 overall with the loss. Grapevine moved to 3-0. Northwest opens District 4-5A Division II play in two weeks against Fort Worth Southwest.

“Grapevine had a great plan for tonight to contain us,” Poe said. “Some things we just have to work on and improve. The great thing for us is this is a non-district game and so it really doesn’t count towards anything. This was a great test for us before we get into district play.”

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