Timber Creek and Keller have something to prove

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There are a lot of similarities heading into this Friday’s football match-up of Timber Creek and Keller.

Both teams are 1-4 in District 5-4A, both are coming off lopsided losses and are looking for a bounce-back win to keep – if only mathematically – chances for a miracle playoff spot alive.

Keller lost to Carroll 52-17 while Timber Creek was downed by Northwest 49-10.

Because of Timber Creek’s win over Keller last year, the pressure seemingly is on Keller to stop a streak from starting.

“The kids all know one another and they beat us last year, so they certainly have our attention,” Keller head coach Carl Stralow said.

Timber Creek’s head coach, Kevin Golden, acknowledged the rivalry issue.

“Obviously we want to win the game because someone’s going to have bragging rights for a full year,” Golden said. “Especially with guys that are around each other so much, the rivalry is big,” he said. “Pride is a huge deal.”

Golden said he has challenged his younger players to finish strong and have a solid foundation for the future. For his older players, Golden told them, “This is your legacy. How do you want it to play out?”

Keller has its share of youth, too, and Stralow said, “We have a lot of young guys doing some really good things. We haven’t had a winning season in quite a while. That’s the focus, to win the last two games.”

In the Indians’ loss to Carroll, Keller stayed close early. The Indians trailed just 14-7 going into the second quarter and 31-14 at halftime. Brandon Poyser was able to collect 107 yards on 9 carries for Keller.

Timber Creek had a steady performance from running back Amon Lindsey, compiling 94 yards in a workhorse effort of 22 carries against Northwest.

Stralow noted the potential of the Falcons’ running game and said the Indians would have to make that a point of focus for the defense.

Both teams also know there was effort given, but are looking for better results.

“We gave them our best shot,” Stralow said of the Carroll game. “I thought we played hard and maybe wore down. But I hope we come back out and look sharp.”

If there’s any edge, it may only be in season records, as Keller stands at 4-4, while Timber Creek is 2-6.

•  Central had a tough week, losing to Richland, 14-7 and dropping to 3-2 in the district standings and into a tie with Northwest. Richland may be the underrated team of the district thus far. Central could not seem to get the offense going in the defensive battle.

The Chargers went in at halftime with a 7-0 lead, but couldn’t muster additional points in the second half. The lone Chargers’ score was on a Justin Manuatu 15-yard run. Manuatu finished as the leading rusher for Central with just 5 carries for 40 yards. Central will look to get back on track Friday when they play Haltom at Birdville Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

• Fossil Ridge stayed in second place behind Carroll with a 40-6 thumping of Haltom. The Panthers had to come back from an initial 6-0 deficit. Much of the offense was supplied by quarterback Jacob Gnacinski, who rushed for 139 yards and three scores and passed for 159 yards and a score.

Ridge is 4-1 in the district and is on the Keller ISD Stadium field Thursday night for a showdown with Carroll. Kickoff is at 7 pm.

• Special Recognition: Golden was honored during an Oct. 24 pep rally with a recognition from the Texas Army National Guard and Dallas Cowboys for being voted the Week 2 Coach of the Week honor. The award is from the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities, the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Army National Guard. Timber Creek received a $2,000 grant. Golden will also be invited to take part in a special pre-game ceremony celebrating all 10 Coach of the Week winners on Dec. 29.

“I prefer that it be known as a ‘Coaching Staff of the Week’ honor,” Golden said.

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