Texans ready to shine in opener

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While scrimmages may not reveal a lot in terms of execution, they do let coaches know how good their talent is.

The first thing Northwest coach Bill Patterson said about last Friday’s dual scrimmage with Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt and Fort Worth Dunbar was that his offensive line missed several assignments on blocking schemes.

And then ... he kind of struggled to come up with anything else.

“We did do a lot of good things and I think our kids are coming to the point where we need them to play at a higher level,” Patterson said. “It was nice that it was somebody different. We ran 150 plays for the offense and defense. So we got to see a lot of things.”

Now, the talk and camp are over and the Texans enter the 2013 season as a team that others view as a quality program. Northwest opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Northwest ISD Complex against Grand Prairie. This is a game that heavily favors the Texans. The Gophers went 2-8 and are projected to finish last in District 7-5A.

But this is where Patterson wants his program to be. The Texans finished 2012 at 8-3, their best record ever as a Class 5A school.

“On our first day [Aug. 12], we made it clear to our team that we’re not going to be sneaking up on anybody anymore,” Patterson said. “Everybody is going to ready and going to be fired up to play us. We’re not the program that just had a great year. People know who we are.”

The Texans are still looking for a consistent running back and some quality to step up on the offensive line. But Patterson acknowledged how his quarterback situation is going to go.

It might have been a poorly kept secret, but he said he will start 2015 and Division I prospect Jesse Drummer as his starter. The 6-2, 217-pound prospect had a solid fall camp with his reads, working with his receivers and developing a feel for the offense. In the scrimmage, Drummer hooked up with Emmanuel Moore on a couple of touchdown passes.

Most importantly, Drummer took the lead of setting the example for the rest of the team by doing all of the things most people don’t see.

“He’s been to practice every day and not missed anything,” Patterson said. “That tells you about where his commitment is. Jesse was just a step ahead of everybody in what we were looking for.”

Of course, that will not exclude senior Dusty Cloud from lining up under center. Patterson just wants to take advantage of his flexibility by playing him at slot wide receiver and running back. The more offensive options, the better the Northwest can move the football. That includes running back corps are led by Dennis Adrole.

Patterson already feels very good about his defense as Northwest is returning six starters, including defensive linemen Joe Gonzales and Duke Kicinski.

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7:30 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller

The skinny: The Bobcats are 3-0 all-time against the Falcons in the renewal of this young rivalry. Esteban Ortega appears to be handling everything at quarterback. The Falcons are several months removed from the tough departure of running back Cedric Dale. Coach Kevin Golden is hoping Amon Lindsay can fill the void.

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