KELLER — The Keller defense helped the Indians to a 3-0 start, but on Friday it was Justin Northwest’s defense that helped the Texans remain undefeated with a 31-17 District 4-5A victory over Keller at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
The Texans picked off two passes, including one in the end zone, and forced Keller (3-1, 0-1) to settle for a field goal after the Indians had a first-and-10 at the Northwest 12 in the fourth quarter.
Northwest (4-0, 1-0) held the Indians to just 57 yards and four first downs in the first half.
Northwest took advantage of the wind and a short field to score 14 points in a 2:20 span to take a 14-0 lead at intermission. The drives went 24 and 51 yards. The Texans had 141 yards of offense at the half.
Northwest quarterback Jesse Drummer was 14 of 18 for 156 yards and a score. Keller quarterback Hunter McEachern was 18 of 30 passing for 206 yards and two scores.
One of the biggest plays of the game took place on Keller’s first series of the game when McEachern hit a wide open Nick Johnston at the Texan 30, but Johnston was ruled out of bounds. Two plays later, the Indians were forced to punt and they never threatened the rest of the half.
Dennis Adrole led Northwest with 129 yards rushing on 22 carries.
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