Fossil Ridge ready to make statement vs. Northwest

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Only the second district game of the season awaits District 4-5A, yet there are already opportunities to set the tone.

Fossil Ridge will travel to Northwest this Friday to help determine who chases whom as the district schedule unfolds.

The Panthers are 3-1, 1-0 after picking up their first district win over Richland last Thursday, 42-22. Northwest is 4-0, 1-0 after battling Keller last week and coming out on top, 31-17.

Fossil Ridge continues to have success as the Panthers find a balance in their game. The Panthers offense has continued to produce, averaging over 43 points per game.

Jacob Gnacinksi has completed over 60 percent of his passes, and Keshawn Mitchell is averaging 7.7 yards per carry for Fossil Ridge.

The biggest battle thus far may come this Friday when the Panthers defense contends with the explosive Northwest offense.

While the Texans are averaging over 37 points per game, quarterback Jesse Drummer has completed over 70 percent of his passes for 10 TDs and only four interceptions. Dennis Adrole is their preferred running back, as he has 68 carries thus far and five touchdowns.

Helping anchor the Panthers defense are contributors Anthony Villalobos on the line, Lee Subbuth as a linebacker and Nick Foster in the secondary.

How these and other Panthers work to contain Drummer, Adrole and receiver Chase Morrison may tell a lot in determining a top half contender in the district.

•  Timber Creek is 1-3, 0-1 after dropping its district opener to Haltom, 24-17. The Falcons held Haltom scoreless in the second half, but could only muster a Benji Martinez 37-yard field goal in the second half, themselves. Quarterback Anthony Millsap threw for one score and rushed for the other Falcons score. He finished with 144 yards passing and 51 rushing. The Buffs threw only two passes, but rushed for over 340 yards. Next up for Timber Creek is a Thursday contest with Southlake Carroll.

• Central (1-3, 0-1) was optimistic about their shot at Carroll but allowed 21 points in the first quarter before Hunter Morrow could kick a 31-yard field goal for the Chargers’ only score of the night in a 59-3 loss. Central had only one turnover, but could never generate much offense.

Now, Keller and Central will have their showdown on Friday. Keller (3-1, 0-1) is still optimistic they can prove their second year in head coach Carl Stralow’s system is working. Dalton Mills and Brandon Poyser are both averaging over five yards per carry in the Indians offense. Although the offense is not racking up excessive numbers, the defense is holding opponents to just over 15 points per game. Look for the ground game to be at the top of the game plan again this week for Keller.

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