Long shot toward playoffs continues for Falcons

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After picking up their first district win of the season over Richland, the light is still flickering for a shot at a playoff spot for the Timber Creek Falcons football team.

The 30-24 win for the Falcons helped build confidence in preparations for their game with Northwest on Thursday at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Timber Creek head coach Kevin Golden said the Falcons had a great week of practices after coming off a tough loss to Central two weeks ago.

The Falcons led the Chargers 20-17 heading into the fourth quarter before giving up 21 points to go down, 38-20.

“The kids really rebounded from Central,” Golden said. “We did a good job on Central for three quarters and the fourth, we did not. I challenged them all week to be meaner on our line play, and the kids responded well,” Golden said.

Against Richland, Timber Creek did a fourth-quarter comeback of its own.

“It was just a heck of a game and either team could have won,” Golden added.

The Falcons scored twice in the final quarter with an Amon Lindsey 35-yard run and a Recie Saunders five-yard score.

Lindsey had a stellar game, running for 210 yards and two TDs.

Aaron Townsend had an interception for Timber Creek to seal the game for the Falcons at the end of game.

Golden said the difference may have been the fact the team was able to just focus on the “fun factor” of playing football.

Now, the Falcons have their sights on keeping it fun, but realistic.

“It’s going to be a long shot, but we’ll likely have to be a long shot to get in the playoffs,” Golden said.

Northwest is coming off a humbling 63-21defeat to Southlake Carroll, and Golden said the Texans will be anxious to “get the taste of the Southlake out of their mouth and take it out on us.”

The element of the Texans which has caught the Falcons’ eyes is the all-seniors defense.

“I’ve challenged both of our lines,” Golden said. “We got knocked around against Central. We need to continue where we left off, as we were able to run the ball quite well. We would prefer to be a running team,” Golden added.

“Amon did a great job and is running tough while our line did an outstanding job, even if we’re undersized.

•  Central remains on a streak after posting a 13-9 win over Fossil Ridge last Friday. Hunter Morrow kicked a 48 and 41-yard field goals for Central in the challenging weather. Central now moves to 4-3, 3-1 in district. The field goals were key, as the Chargers managed just 102 total yards. They were able to take advantage of five Fossil Ridge turnovers (two interceptions and three fumbles). Central hosts Richland on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

•  Keller also came alive with their first district win in a 34-27 OT win over Haltom. Dalton Mills ran for 25 of his 29 yards on the first play in OT to win the game. Hunter McEachern threw for 235 yards and three scores.

This Friday, the Indians travel to Southlake to take on district leader Carroll at 7:30 p.m. “It’s a football game,” Keller head coach Carl Stralow said of the Indians’ approach. “We’ll have to play really, really well to have success against them. They are without a doubt the best team on our schedule for two years in a row,” he added. Stralow said Keller wouldn’t concede before playing the game, though. “We’ll be there and ready to play.”

•  Fossil Ridge, after the tough loss to Central, dropped to 5-2 and 3-1, tied with Central for second place in the district. This Friday, the Panthers will play Haltom at Birdville Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

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