Texans head into biggest district challenge

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A strong third quarter last Friday night led the Northwest football team to an impressive 48-14 victory over Haltom, but perhaps the Texans’ biggest game of the season will come this Friday when it hosts Southlake Carroll at Northwest ISD Stadium.

Coach Bill Patterson said he knows his team will have its hands full with the Dragons and said that there is a reason Carroll is one of the most respected high school football programs in the state.

“They have one of the top three or four teams in the state,” Patterson said. “They've got a great quarterback. Their defense does not get the notoriety that their offense does, but defensively, they are as good as anybody. Their front seven are really good and run to the ball well.

“It's going to be a huge challenge for our team, and it's one of those deals that if you can't get excited about playing this game, I'm not sure you're playing football for the right reasons.”

Northwest was tied with Haltom 7-7 on Friday night until a 34-point third quarter put the game out of reach and allowed the Texans to seal the victory.

“In the first half, we didn't play real well on offense,” Patterson said. “We turned the ball over and did not take advantage of some things they were giving us. Obviously, the second half and especially in the third quarter, we played about as well as you can play. We got turnovers and scored five touchdowns and did everything you want to do.

“We played pretty well on defense throughout the game. Haltom did a good job and is coached very well, but in the end, I thought that our kids did a good job of taking advantage of what they got better,” Patterson said.

Dennis Adrole rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns in the game for the Texans, and Duke Kicinski came up with a 39-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Patterson said Kicinski has played well in each and every game for Northwest this season.

“There is no question he has been big for us,” Patterson said. “He played a great game for us, and Parker Kneis also had a big game with 16 tackles. Both guys played well.

“Duke gives you a sense of comfort knowing that he is there at linebacker, because it seems like if everything else breaks down, he'll make the tackle.”

With 34 points in the third quarter alone, Patterson said there is a feeling that Northwest is never really out of any game with how quickly the team can score.

“We moved the ball pretty well in the first half, but we just couldn't score,” Patterson said. “We came out in the second half, and every time we touched it we seemed to score.”

•  Over at Byron Nelson, the Bobcats lost to Denton Guyer 34-14 on Friday night to move to 4-2 on the season and 1-2 in district competition.

Nelson scored in the first quarter when Esteban Ortega connected with Hayden Sanders on a 17-yard touchdown pass and in the third quarter when Preston Haire hit Jordan Diamond on a 12-yard touchdown pass.

The Bobcats will travel to Wichita Falls to play the Coyotes at 7 p.m. on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

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