Texans expect aerial attack to lead offense

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The Northwest football team recently wrapped up its spring season, and coach Bill Patterson said he sees some things that make him optimistic for the 2013 campaign.

Northwest finished up last year with an 8-3 record and were District 4-5A runners-up to Southlake Carroll, but the Texans did have some big questions heading into the offseason.

“I think we got better on offense,” Patterson said. “I feel like we've made some improvements, especially running the ball. I feel that both of our quarterbacks, Dusty Cloud and Jesse Drummer, are having a good spring. Our offensive line has developed and gotten a little bit better.

“With the young guys, we have a couple of guys at tackle that are good. We have had good effort on defense, and I am not worried about the first 11 or 12 on defense, but in our district, we've got to have some good back-ups, and we aren't there yet.”

With the loss of Draze Lawliss from this year's team, a quarterback controversy is brewing, but Patterson said he is not yet sure if he will run a platoon system or if Cloud and drummer will battle it out for the starting role.

“That's a good question,” Patterson said. “We've got summer work outs and fall camps, so we've got two more phases of what we consider to put together our team. It's neck-and-neck right now. Dusty probably runs it a little better and Jesse probably throws it a little bit better.”

Patterson said his team has worked to improve in a number of areas, but added that there is one thing in particular that he tries to stress each spring.

“We worked on trying to get better in the passing game, which we are always trying to do,” Patterson said. “I tell them this every spring that we want to throw when we want to instead of when we have to.”

Northwest has five defensive and four offensive starters returning this year, and Patterson said he has had a nice surpise this spring season.

“I think our three receivers, Emmanuel Moore, Chase Morrison and Jordan Muldrow, really had a good spring,” Patterson said. “I think they will be the strength of our team.”

Patterson said he is feeling about the same as he was prior to spring football about how the season is shaping up because it is still very early on for the Texans.

“I always feel about the same,” Patterson said. “I don't feel better or worse, but anybody you talk to will say Spring went well. But you go through and you think you are getting better and you've gotten something down, and sometimes you do and sometimes you don't. It is still early and we will see what happens.”

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