Indians running red-hot

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After going 3-7 last season, Keller looks to match that win total after posting a 24-7 win over Mansfield last Thursday.

Now, the 2-0 Indians are looking to keep the streak and momentum going as they prepare for L.D. Bell on Friday night at Pennington Field.

Keller, which lost to Mansfield last season 35-0, hopes to again show they’ve turned things around, after losing to Bell last year 17-14.

One constant element is the production of running back Dalton Mills, who has continued to look strong, adding 90 yards rushing for the Indians against Mansfield. He picked up 123 yards in last year’s game against Bell.

It has been the defense, though, that has matching the brilliance of Mills.

“Mansfield is a good team and if our effort stays like this, we’ll be all right, but it all remains to be seen,” said Keller head coach Carl Stralow.

“In the 18 months since I’ve been here, that’s the best defense I’ve seen,” Stralow said of the performance last Thursday. “If you had told me in the summer that we’d even be 2-0, I would’ve questioned that.”

Stralow remains cautiously optimistic about the progress his Indians have been making since his first season at Keller last year.

“We’ve got our hands full,” Stralow said of the matchup with the undefeated Blue Raiders this week. “They have a talented line. They’re big where they need to be big and fast where they need to be fast.”

Keller will have an open date after the Bell contest and then time to prepare for the district opener when they host Northwest.

“We have confidence,” Stralow said, “but we don’t look ahead. I can tell you that we’re playing tough and playing hard. In the open week we can fix what’s broken and the week will help us physically and academically.”

Bell has a balanced attack and will take what a defense gives them, Stralow said.

The Raiders are led by quarterback Colson Romano, who passed for 370 yards, three TDs and an interception last week against Midland. He’s complemented by Daniel Dorsett in the backfield.

“We’ll have to ready to get after it,” Stralow said.

•  Keller Central got into the win column with a solid 17-3 win over Boswell. The Chargers (1-1) didn’t get on the board until late into the second quarter on a Hunter Morrow 31-yard field goal. Taylor Robinson stepped up for Central and hauled in an 18-yard TD pass from Jake McClurg, then sealed the game with a 45-yard interception return for a score late in the final period. Central now travels to Craven’s Field to play Arlington Lamar. After an open date, Central plays at Carroll to begin their district schedule.

• Fossil Ridge flexed some muscle in a 63-19 win over Dallas Jesuit last week to take their record to 2-0. Jacob Gnacinski threw for 393 yards and six touchdowns in the win. Ryan Parker caught six passes for 152 yards and two scores, while Niron Fields pulled in four catches for 107 and three TDs. The Panthers travel to Hebron (1-1) this Friday for a test against Hawks. Fossil Ridge also has a week off before hosting Richland in their district opener.

• Timber Creek had a tough matchup against formidable Midlothian last week, dropping a 54-7 decision. Amon Lindsey had the Falcons’ only score on a 13-yard run. The Falcons (0-2) look to reverse their fortunes when they host Carrollton Creekview on Friday. Haltom will be Timber Creek’s district opener on Sept. 27 at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.

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