District 4-5A tees it up again

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“In district, it is one play and one game at a time,” said Keller head coach Carl Stralow.

That’s an often-used but solid philosophy for Keller as the Indians prepare to play Northwest in a key district game between the two 3-0 teams. It’s the district opener for both teams.

Last week, all eight teams in District 4-5A had their bye.

Stralow said the Indians had a good week of practice, and like most others in the district, intended to work on the basics, fundamentals and healing.

The Northwest match is a pivotal first game in the district for Keller, which has already matched its win total from last year. Northwest is hot in the early season after scoring 49 points in each of its first two games. The Texans beat a solid Midlothian squad 21-16 two weeks ago and still amassed 314 total yards of offense. Their offense is averaging 447 yards per game.

“It’s the biggest game of the week for us because it is the only game we get to play this week,” Stralow said in response to the discussion of the Indians taking on Northwest as a top district game.

Keller’s offense has been productive when needed, but the defense has been making the difference. It pitched a shutout against L.D. Bell in its last outing.

Dalton Mills is the leading rusher for Keller, with 327 yards in the three games, while Hunter McEachern has been steadily improving under center in leading the offense. Brandon Poyser has been a sizable contributor in the Indians’ backfield, as well.

•  Central has a chance to re-establish themselves when they travel to Carroll.

The Chargers, 1-2 after a close loss to Arlington Lamar, have also been working during the off-week to improve the fundamentals.

“The whole week has been a great week of practice,” head coach Bart Helsley said. “We’ve had the best week of practice, in fact. We’ve been working out and watching plenty of film.”

What Central has seen on film is another good Carroll team, but not to the caliber they’ve shown in the recent past.

Still, quarterback Ryan Agnew for the Dragons is a real threat.

“Agnew is an explosive player and can make plays with his feet and arm,” Helsley said. “You’ve got to play good ball against them to give yourself a chance.”

• Fossil Ridge (2-1) is looking to get back on the winning track this week as the Panthers take to the field on Thursday night and host Richland. The Panthers had also lost a physical battle with Hebron, 30-23. The Rebels are 1-2. Ridge quarterback Jacob Gnacinski has been rapidly establishing himself as a passer, having already thrown for 852 yards and 8 touchdowns.

• Timber Creek, after posting an OT win over Carrollton Creekview, starts its district season with Haltom (2-1) at the Birdville Athletic/Fine Arts Complex. The Falcons, now 1-2, will contend with Jonathan Armstrong, the Buff’s do-it-all quarterback. Timber Creek’s own Anthony Millsap has been pacing the Falcons’ offense at QB, while Amon Lindsey continues to lead the team in rushing.

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