The Northwest football team scored four times in its scrimmage against Fort Worth Dunbar last Friday, and coach Bill Poe said that he likes what he saw from his team.
The Texans open the season on Friday night when they host Corsicana at 7:30 p.m., and Poe said that he feels pretty certain that Corsicana is going to bring it to his team.
“I think they will be a very physical football team,” Poe said. “Traditionally, they are. They are going to be very fast at the skill positions. They have a young quarterback who is a tremendous athlete, who can run and throw the ball. They are usually pretty good, and I think this will be a good opponent for us to start the season.”
Poe said that the scrimmage against Dunbar gave him and the coaching staff a good opportunity to see how his team was executing and the progress his players have made so far.
“We actually felt really good coming out of it as far as just getting a really good production out of our offense and our defense,” Poe said. “Defensively, we had kids running around and making plays in terms of making tackles on ball carriers and getting in the right positions.
“Offensively, we did some good things as far as being able to throw and catch and being able to run the football efficiently. That was kind of a good thing to see coming out of the scrimmage.”
The Texans did have some standout performances in the scrimmage against Dunbar.
“Our quarterback, Jesse Drummer, did a really good job of executing our offense as far as understanding the little details of what we are trying to do and where we are trying to attach offensively,” Poe said. “Another bright spot for us was our offensive line just kind of gelling together and having that kind of chemistry we need the offensive line to have, just to ensure that we do produce as far and throwing and running the football.”
Poe said the objective for the scrimmage was to evaluate how well prepared his players are for the season.
“We wanted to see the things that we have been working on since spring football and then on into the camps this summer,” Poe said. “We wanted to see some progression and how far along are our kids . There are a lot of things we saw on film that need to be corrected, but ultimately, we felt very good about what we were able to do from an offensive and defensive standpoint.”
Moving forward, Poe said he only has one real concern, which becomes less of an issue with each passing week for the Texans.
“We have a lot of players that have varsity experience,” Poe said. “But we also have quite a few that have never set foot on a football field on a Friday night. So just being able to see those guys mature and grow makes us feel really good.”