Texans expect fight with hot Richland team

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The Northwest football team cruised to a 49-10 victory against Keller Timber Creek last Friday night, and the Texans now find themselves jockeying for playoff contention with another district contender.

The Texans will square off with Richland at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium, and coach Bill Patterson said he has a feeling his team will be in for a dogfight.

“They beat what we consider to be a really good Keller Central team,” Patterson said. “They are going to come out full guns. They are still in the middle of the playoff hunt. They're looking to beat us and beat Keller in Week 10 to get to the playoffs, and we are looking to beat them to get to the playoffs.”

“This game has got all kinds of implications, that's for sure. I feel pretty certain it's going to be a good one.”

Northwest's victory over Timber Creek on Friday moved the Texans to 3-2 in district competition, and Patterson said he was impressed with how his team rebounded from a hard district loss the week before.

“I think our kids came out after a tough loss to Southlake, and shook that loss off,” Patterson said. “We went out in the first half and played well on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game. I was real pleased with how we performed all the way around.”

Emmanuel Moore had a standout game for Northwest, finishing with 85 yards receiving and a touchdown, 42 yards rushing and returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown.

Patterson said he was impressed with Moore's performance.

“I think it was one of those deals where Emmanuel was ready to play, and played very well for us,” Patterson said. “He was focused, he knew it was a big game for us and he really came through.”

•  Over at Byron Nelson, two strong weeks with two victories have catapulted the Bobcats right back into a playoff position, including a 50-0 drubbing of Fort Worth Brewer on Friday night.

Courtney Miles led the way for Nelson, rushing for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the game, while Preston Haire also rushed for two touchdowns, as well as passing for 144 yards and a touchdown.

The defense also came up big in the game, as Nick Conn returned a fumble recovery 34 yards for a touchdown and Navajo Smith got a safety for the Bobcats.

Jordan Diamond finished the game with 51 yards receiving and a touchdown and Jordan Ortiz rushed for a touchdown in the game for Nelson.

Nelson will play at Azle at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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