Texans, Bobcats punch tickets to the playoffs with decisive wins

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Last week was a great one for both the Northwest and Byron Nelson football teams, as each clinched playoff berths with decisive victories.

Northwest defeated Richland in a game with serious playoff implications for both teams, and had a few exemplary performances along the way.

Jesse Drummer threw for 271 yards and four touchdowns in the game for the Texans and connected with Emmanuel Moore on three of those passes.

Moore finished the game with six catches for 204 yards receiving in the game for Northwest.

On the defensive side of the ball, Reggie McDaniel halted two promising offensive drives for Richland, and Sam Jennings picked off a pass on a fake punt attempt from the Rebels.

Perhaps the most impressive performance of the night came from Quentin Thorpe, who took over running duties for the Texans after Dennis Adrole was injured in the first quarter.

Thorpe rushed 13 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the game for Northwest.

Chase Morrison also caught a 28-yard touchdown pass in the game from Drummer, and the Texans defense came up with a total of four turnovers in the game.

The Texans improved to 5-2 in the district standings with the victory and 7-2 on the season as a whole.

Northwest will square off with Keller Central at 7 p.m. on Friday.

•  For the Byron Nelson football team, a trip to Azle on Friday night did not go well for the Bobcats in the first half, as Nelson found itself trailing 17-14 at the break.

Nelson did get off to a good start in the game, as Courtney Miles broke a 66-yard touchdown run to get the lead for the Bobcats.

Miles would finish the night with 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Preston Haire then scored on a one-yard tun to make it 14-0 before the Hornets scored 17 unanswered points to take a halftime lead.

Miles added two second-half rushes for touchdowns, and Haire tacked on a third, while Gage Vines scored on a 20-yard pass from Haire. When all was said and done, Nelson had won 41-17.

The Nelson defense came up with four turnovers in the game, and after starting out 1-2 in district competition, the Bobcats have come roaring back with three straight wins and a spot in the coveted postseason.

Nelson will wrap up the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium against Denton.

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