A slow start was a little too much to recover from on Friday night as the Northwest football team lost its season opener at Corsicana by a score of 34-28.
The Texans now have their sights set on Prosper this coming Friday, and coach Bill Poe said that he knows his team will once again have its work cut out for it.
“That will definitely be a hard-fought game,” Poe said. “We have to go to their place and play in their home stadium. We kind of got the best of them last year, and I know that their kids are going to be amped up and ready to play us. They have a new head coach who does a very good job, and they performed very well against Birdville last week, so we definitely have a challenge in front of us. But we’re looking to respond to it.”
The Texans will play at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Prosper.
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Northwest did make a massive comeback in the third and fourth quarter against Corsicana after trailing 34-7 in the third quarter, but unfortunately, it was too late to come all the way back.
“We started off slow,” Poe said. “We didn’t execute as well as we wanted to in that first half, and we got down a hole a little bit. But we came out in the second half and performed a lot better. We almost made a comeback to be able to win the football game. From a character standpoint, I was proud of my kids for coming out and fighting to the very end to try to win the game.”
Quarterback Hunter Johnson finished with 271 yards passing, three touchdowns and no interceptions for the Texans, and Poe said it was nice to see him have the game he did.
“I was very, very pleased,” Poe said. “He definitely stepped up and led the team, especially near the end of the game. It was nice to see that he has a good grasp on what we have been working on for the last six months or so. I was really proud of him and his demeanor and his mindset as we went through the game. He never got flustered. He never got down on himself.
“He always stayed positive, and I think that helped our offensive unit, as well, just to be able to see him as a leader and see that he was not in a panic mode, and we’re going to try to find a way to come out successful.”
Poe said that the thing that most impressed his team in the Corsicana game was its perseverance.
“They responded to adversity well,” Poe said. “We fell in a hole in that first half, and some teams would have decided just to lay down and quit. Our kids didn’t do that. They kept fighting and kept battling and almost got it there in the end. But that was the biggest thing was how the kids performed in the second half.”