Texans picked to win another shot in the playoffs this week

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Even though Justin Northwest isn’t one of the teams I cover on my beat, I went out to watch the Texans play Keller Timber Creek last Thursday. That’s a solid program Bill Patterson has put together and you can tell where a demanding strength and conditioning program is yielding results.

Northwest just looks like a 5A team. Now, that doesn’t mean the Texans should be anointed anything. Remember, this program still has never won a playoff game. But it should get another chance to, this year, in about three weeks.

Kevin Golden is getting maximum effort out of his Timber Creek players. He just needs more. In time, that should happen.

Last week, we went 6-1 in our picks. Keller Central got us again. I have no words! That makes us 46-11 for the season. So here we go for the ninth week of the season.

Southlake Carroll (7-1, 5-0) at Keller Fossil Ridge (6-2, 4-1); 7 p.m. Thursday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: Consider that Carroll QB Ryan Agnew has thrown only five incomplete passes in the last two weeks. That’s crazy good. If you’re Fossil Ridge, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to prove yourself. Everyone anticipated this matchup until we saw Keller Central 13, Fossil Ridge 9. I think the Panthers will give this a really good shot. But the Dragons have to help them.

Prediction: Carroll 49, Fossil Ridge 24

Colleyville Heritage (6-2, 4-1) at Carrollton R.L. Turner (0-8, 0-5); 7 p.m. Thursday, Standridge Stadium, Carrollton: There’s really nothing that can be said, except, how bad is this one going to get? Whatever epiphany Colleyville Heritage’s Griffin Pickler had after Irving MacArthur has been needed. The Panthers won last year’s meeting, 70-7.

Prediction: Colleyville Heritage 50, Carrollton R.L. Turner 3

Keller Central (4-4, 3-2) at Haltom (3-5, 1-4); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Birdville Stadium, Haltom City: I do like the fact that the Buffalos are playing at Old Birdville. There’s such a great historical feel to it. What I don’t like is figuring who I think will win this game. Keller Central has burned me three consecutive weeks. The Chargers play great defense and have problems on offense. But because Haltom is only one-dimensional with its running game, I think that favors Central – I guess. Maybe. I don’t know.

Prediction: Keller Central 14, Haltom 13

Richland (3-5, 2-3) at Justin Northwest (6-2, 3-2); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin: Well, the Rebels now find themselves with some life in the playoff chase following their 14-7 win over Keller Central. But I also think Northwest is a pretty physical team. And outside of the hiccup against Fossil Ridge – Carroll is what it is – the Texans have been beating up the other 4-5A teams. The Texans clinch a playoff berth for the third time in five seasons with a win.

Prediction: Justin Northwest 38, Richland 13

Keller (4-4, 1-4) vs. Keller Timber Creek (2-6, 1-4); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: With the playoffs nowhere on the radar for these two teams, this is about KISD district pride. If you’re Keller, the idea of playing for a winning season has to serve as some form of motivation. The Falcons just don’t have enough plays from the quarterback position to keep up.

Prediction: Keller 24, Timber Creek 14

Irving MacArthur (2-6, 1-4) at Grapevine (1-7, 1-4); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mustang-Panther Stadium, Grapevine: Really, I thought this was a sure bet that MacArthur should win this game. But that was about three weeks ago. Now, the Cardinals are really reeling and aren’t scoring since quarterback Logan Austin went down. And Grapevine coach Dave Henigan and his staff must believe there’s a chance to finish 2013 with some momentum.

Prediction: Grapevine 25, MacArthur 22

Northwest Byron Nelson (6-2, 3-2) at Azle (3-5, 1-4); 7 p.m. Hornet Stadium, Azle: If you want to talk about a game that screams “payback,” this is it. Azle won this game last year, 23-14, and wound up knocking the Bobcats out of the playoffs. The Hornets will compete. But the Bobcats seem to have found some offensive rhythm since the unit appears to belong to Preston Haire. The Bobcats clinch a playoff berth with a win.

Prediction: Byron Nelson 28, Azle 19

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