The Northwest football team is looking to have another strong season in 2014 and will be doing so under the direction of a new head coach.
Bill Poe takes the reins for the Texans football program this year following a 2013 campaign in which Northwest finished second in district competition and made the playoffs.
Poe said that he has been impressed with what he has seen so far from his team and said he is optimistic about Northwest's chances this season.
“I think things are shaping up pretty well,” Poe said. “We were able to conduct spring ball this past year and with the new staff moving in, we were able to make some good progress. We were able to install the meat and potatoes of our offense, and now we're looking to expand on it. We're looking forward to the season.”
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Poe said the objectives for the 2014 season are to get his players into positions where the team can be as successful as possible.
“Our goal is to put a great a great product out on the field, both offensively and defensively and in the kicking game,” Poe said. “We want to be able to put kids into a good position to be able to make plays and be successful. We're looking forward to winning some football games.”
Key returners for the Texans this season include quarterback Jesse Drummer, Emmanuel Moore, and Quentin Thorpe on the offensive side of the ball.
“We're looking for Jesse to be even better this year,” Poe said. “With Emmanuel, we are looking to be able to utilize his talents that allow him to make plays in the open field. We're looking forward to seeing Thorpe in action with running the football, and then obviously, our lineman.
“Defensively, we've got some standouts with our linebacking corps with Jarrod Franich and Saveion James from the secondary position.”
Poe said he has a total of six returning starters from last year's team, including five on offense and one on defense, and said he sees Denton Guyer as being Northwest's toughest district opponent this season.
“As far as realignment and our district, it has made it a very competitive district,” Poe said. “We have some very formidable opponents in several opponents. It's going to be a tough season and a competitive district, and we are going to have to work hard to be successful.”
In order to have the kind of season for which the Texans are hoping, Poe said it will take a couple of things from his team.
“For us to be successful, we are going to have to fill some shoes of former players with guys that don't have a lot of experience,” Poe said. “We have to get those guys to mature and grow as quickly as possible in our non-district schedule, and get them to be playing at a better and better level until hopefully, we reach our full potential.”