The Northwest football team dropped a tough one to Arlington Lamar last Friday by a score of 43-6, but coach Bill Poe said that he is confident his team can rebound and have a good district season.
The Texans are headed into their bye week this Friday, and Poe said that he will use the time to work on a couple of different areas.
“I think going into the bye week for us, it is just looking at the small things,” Poe said. “We need to look at our program in general. We have played some really good programs in the non-district season and came out on the wrong end of it, but we need to make sure we do some self-evaluation in the bye week and figure out what what’s wrong and what our identity is going into the district race.
“Fortunately for us, those first three ball games don’t mean a whole lot in regards to making it into the playoffs. We just need to make sure that we concentrate on the little things that can help us be successful in the district race so that we can get into the playoffs.”
Northwest moved to 0-3 in the non-district season with the loss to Lamar on Friday, and Poe said that there were just too many mistakes.
“We gave up some big plays early, and our offense couldn’t get into a rhythm early enough,” Poe said. “It just kind of had a snowball effect. In the first half, they scored a bunch of points on us, and in the second half, we had to come back and try to fight and claw our way back in, and it just wasn’t enough in the end.”
Poe said that he is not worried about his team, however, because his players still have the right attitude.
“I feel very good about our kids,” Poe said. “They have been on the wrong end of it the last three ball games, but they have kept a positive outlook. It’s a close-knit team. They believe in each other, and they believe in what we are doing from a schematic standpoint, and believe in the coaching staff. Now, it’s just a matter of being a little bit better on Friday night when we start this district race.”
Northwest will play its season opener and first home game of the season at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 against Keller Fossil Ridge, and Poe said he knows his team will be in for a battle.
“It will be a hard-fought game,” Poe said. “We’re excited and looking forward to be at home and in our own stadium. It’s going to be a challenge. They are a very strong program. They do a good job on both sides of the ball. Hopefully, we can come out on the right end of it.”
Over at Byron Nelson, the Bobcats torched Birdville by a score of 55-27 in their final non-district game Saturday.
Preston Haire passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns, while Tyler Milliken had 114 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Bryson Davis rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Nelson is in its bye week this coming Friday, as well, and will travel to the Keller ISD Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 to take on Timber Creek.