Texans’ new QB shows promise in opener

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With the loss of Draze Lawliss from last year's playoff team, there were some major questions at the quarterback position heading into this season for the Northwest football team.

Last Friday night at Northwest ISD Stadium, Jesse Drummer emphatically answered those questions.

Going 12-20 with 286 yards, two touchdowns and a rushing touchdown, the Northwest junior left little doubt to Texans fans that they were witnessing the beginning of a new regime.

Northwest travels to Grapevine this coming Friday, and Patterson said he expects a tough game.

“They had a lot of guys out with injuries, but they will bounce back,” coach Bill Patterson said following Grapevine's 45-7 loss to Keller Fossil Ridge last week. “Coach (Dave) Henigan does a great job. They gave us all we wanted last year. They got beat by a really, really good Fossil Ridge team, so we're going to have to play hard to be able to have a chance to win.”

The game is at Mustang-Panther Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Patterson said the 49-23 victory over Grand Prairie was a good start to the season for his team and said he was pleased with the effort all the way around.

“I thought our kids came out with good intensity,” Patterson said. “Being the first game, there were a few mistakes on both sides of the ball, but that's to be expected. We were up 49-10 at one point, and we gave up a couple of touchdowns late, but overall I thought we did good.

“I thought Jesse Drummer played well for his first game. Duke Kicinski, our linebacker, had 19 tackles and an interception, and our kicker, Chris Hamilton, kicked seven extra points and after the first kickoff, was kicking deep – one went out of the end zone.”

Drummer also rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown against the Gophers, which was not lost on Patterson.

“We limited our game plan for him, and as it turned out, he could handle a lot more than we thought,” Patterson said. “He ran the ball better than I expected, and I was very impressed with his game.”

Patterson said one of the best parts about putting up so many points against Grand Prairie was that he he got the opportunity to evaluate his depth for seasons to come.

“There is no question it helps a lot, because our second-team defensive line played almost the entire fourth quarter,” Patterson said. “We played almost our entire second team offense through the last three drives, so we got to get a lot of kids on the field.”

Nelson tops Timber Creek

Over in Keller, Trophy Club Nelson duked it out with Keller Timber Creek in a game where the Bobcats needed a fourth-quarter rally in order to start the season with a victory.

Courtney Miles broke a 43-yard touchdown run for Nelson to get things started, but the Bobcats trailed 13-7 with under 10 minutes to play in the game.

Esteban Ortega connected with Hayden Sanders on a 35-yard touchdown pass to give Nelson the lead, and with 2:16 on the clock, the Bobcats defense came up with a safety to seal the deal.

Nelson will travel to Frisco ISD Memorial Stadium to play Frisco at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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