The Byron Nelson football team entered last Friday night’s game with Keller Fossil Ridge controlling its own playoff destiny, and the Bobcats failed to disappoint.
Nelson defeated Fossil Ridge by a score of 41-31 to finish the season with an overall record of 6-4 and will open up the playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Allen.
Coach Brian Polk said he knows his team has a tall order ahead of it and said Nelson will have to go out and give its best shot.
“Allen is Allen,” Polk said. “We have to make sure we focus on ourselves. They are certainly a great football team. But if we focus on them and not us, we are beat before the game starts.”
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Nelson finished 4-3 in 5-6A competition and claimed the fourth and final playoff spot with its victory in the season finale.
Preston Haire passed for 197 yards and three touchdowns in the game and three touchdowns, and Bryson Davis rushed for 105 yards a touchdown.
Polk said that the victory was good in that it got the Bobcats into the postseason, but added that there were some issues along the way.
“I thought we did a decent job Friday night versus Ridge,” Polk said. “We did not play with much emotion, and that caused us to be inconsistent.”
Polk said he did have a message for his team after the game against Ridge.
“I told the guys after the game that they needed to look back and feel good about what they did,” Polk said. “It was our first 6A playoff berth, and we were picked to finish seventh in district. But we did think that we had the ability to compete with everybody heading into the season.”
Polk said that reflecting on the regular season as a whole, he is very pleased with what his team has been able to accomplish.
“I am proud of my kids and the way we played throughout the regular season,” Polk said. “We are three snaps away from being 9-1. We were in all 10 games, which is the first time in our short history that we can say that.”
Those three losses, to San Angelo Central, Keller Timber Creek and Denton Guyer, were by a combined six points.
▪ Over at Northwest, the Texans finished the season with a 47-21 loss to Keller at Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday night.
The Texans finished with a 1-9 overall record and 1-6 mark in district competition.