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Northwest blasts Wyatt, wins fourth straight

By Reece Waddell | Published Thursday, October 11, 2018.
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With Northwest already up 14-0 in the first quarter, Austin Ahmad trotted out to lead the Texans on another drive.

Dropping back to pass, Ahmad threw behind his receiver on a slant and the ball deflected into the air. Wyatt defensive back Cameron Graves was there, and took the interception 65 yards for a pick-six.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

It was Ahmad’s only mistake of the night.

The junior completed 10 of his 19 passes for 198 yards and five touchdowns, leading an offensive onslaught that propelled Northwest past Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt 73-33 Thursday night.

“He read it perfectly,” said Northwest coach Bill Poe. “It was just one those bad balls, and it just happened to land in somebody else’s hands.”

Ahmad threw four touchdowns by halftime, including a pair to Quentin Lee. He also hit Antonio Reese on a slant that went 57 yards — his longest pass of the night.

With Wyatt playing man coverage most of the game, Ahmad said he felt like Northwest was able to take advantage of its speed on the outside.

“I love throwing against man coverage,” Ahmad said. “It’s a free play with any receiver, really. Our receiving corps is amazing. I don’t think anyone is better.”

Reese’s only two catches of the night both went for touchdowns. He finished with 121 yards and two scores. Lee caught four passes for 92 yards and three touchdowns.

The Texans racked up 459 yards of total offense, with 197 coming on the ground. Northwest was quick to establish the running game with senior all-state back DeMareus Hosey, as he rushed for 155 yards and three scores on 19 carries.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“With what they do defensively, we knew it was going to be a challenge in the run game,” Poe said. “Our big boys up front really executed well. It was crucial to set the tone of the game.”

Northwest’s defense limited Wyatt to just seven yards rushing and forced four turnovers — all interceptions. Junior safety Cooper McDonald picked off one of the passes, returning it 59 yards to give the Texans a 49-13 lead late in the first half.

“They kept doing that little out route. I got in front of it and took it to the house,” McDonald said. “I knew I was gone after I made that second cut.”

With the win, Northwest improved to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in District 4-5A Division II. The Texans have won four straight games dating back to September and have a firm grasp on first-place in their district.

Northwest has won its last four games by a combined 198-54.

“We’re definitely in the driver’s seat. Now it’s just a matter of staying in it,” Poe said. “We have to stay focused and locked in on what our ultimate goal is, which is No. 1 get in the playoffs, but No. 2 be able to get that district championship.”

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