Texans look to avenge 2012 playoffs loss to Lamar

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The Northwest football team wrapped up the regular season on Friday night with a 26-22 victory against Keller Central and now has its sights set on the opening round of the postseason.

The Texans will have a repeat of last year when they squared off in the bi-district round against Arlington Lamar, this time with redemption on their minds.

Coach Bill Patterson said that when he looks at the Lamar football team and what they are capable of doing, he is impressed with how they approach the game.

“They are really good and well coached,” Patterson said. “I expect a high-scoring game. They are very good on offense and run to the ball well on defense. It will be a big challenge for us.”

Northwest lost in the bi-district round to the Vikings last year by a score of 37-30.

The Texans led the game 27-17 at the end of the first half, but allowed 20 unanswered points to start the second half of the game to fall just short of advancing.

Northwest finished the 2013 regular season with a mark of 8-2, and had a 5-2 record in district competition with the victory over Central.

Patterson said the game with the Chargers was pretty hard-fought.

“I thought we played decent,” Patterson said. “We did not play very well in the first half, but we played a lot better in the second half. Keller Central is very good on defense, and they gave us problems, but we adjusted and the won the ball game late.”

Patterson said the win was important for the Texans as they head into the playoffs, but added that he already knew how the playoff seedings would unfold in his district going in.

“It was a big win,” Patterson said. “Our seed really wasn't affected though, because head-to-head with Fossil Ridge, they got the one seed, and we got the two seed. But any time you can win a district game and finish with a 5-2 record in district, that is a very good thing for your team.”

Northwest will square off with Lamar at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Birdville Fine Arts and Athletic complex in North Richland Hills.

•  Over at Trophy Club Nelson, the Bobcats wrapped up the regular season on Friday night with a 28-21 victory over Denton, but the game was not without its struggles.

Preston Haire and Hayden Sanders hooked up on three touchdown passes in the game, as Nelson took a 28-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

Denton answered with two late touchdowns in the fourth, including the recovery of an onside kick that put the game in doubt, but the Bobcats defense held tough to preserve the win.

The Bobcats finished the regular season with a record of 8-2 and will take on Birdville in the bi-district round at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Dragon Stadium in Southlake.

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