Big second half lifts Justin Northwest past Haltom

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Justin Northwest overcame a sloppy first half, scoring 41 points in the second half en route to a 48-14 victory over Haltom in District 4-5A play Friday night at Birdville Stadium.

Defensive lineman Joe Gonzales recovered a fumble on Haltom’s opening drive, giving Northwest the ball at its own 44.

Aided by a big third-down conversion, a 15-yard pass from Jesse Drummer to Chase Morrison, the Texans’ offense assembled a seven-play, 66-yard drive to set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Dennis Adrole, his first of three scores.

Both teams struggled to hold onto the ball in the first half, combining for four turnovers, and just two scores, taking a 7-7 tie into halftime.

Northwest (5-1, 2-1 District 4-5A) made the needed adjustments in the second half, scoring five times in the third quarter alone and forcing two more Buffalos turnovers to take a commanding 41-14 lead into the final quarter.

Drummer hooked up with Brady Byrd for two late touchdown passes, the second a heavily contended 22-yard fade down the right sideline.

“[The defender] just about ripped my helmet off, but I managed to duck right into the end zone,” Byrd said. “We needed to bounce back with a win after the loss to Fossil Ridge last week.”

Senior linebacker Corderius Cooksey kept the Buffalos in the hunt early, recovering two fumbles in the first half, the first of which killed a Northwest drive deep in Haltom territory.

Haltom (3-3, 1-2) utilized a heavy rotation in the backfield with nine players carrying the ball. Quarterback Jonathon Armstrong rushed 25 times for 138 yards to lead the Buffalos.

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