The Byron Nelson football team took one step closer to a playoff berth last week with a 41-10 victory over Keller Central and now controls its own playoff destiny heading into the season finale against Keller Fossil Ridge.
Coach Brian Polk said that his team will have its hands full with Fossil Ridge on Friday and said that he believes his team needs to focus on executing its game plan in order to have the best shot at a victory.
“Ridge is a team that has continued to improve each week throughout the year,” Polk said. “They play with a great effort, and their quarterback is one heck of a player. They are athletic, and coach [Tony] Baccarini has been doing a great job over there for many years. They will be a big challenge for us.”
Nelson handled Central fairly easily last week to improve to 3-3 in district competition, and Polk said that he really could not have asked for much more from his team.
“I’m proud of our kids and the way we played against Central,” Polk said. “It was probably our best game in terms of playing well in all three phases.”
Quarterback Preston Haire had an extremely good night, combining for 334 yards of total offense in the game and five touchdowns. He enters the game against Fossil Ridge with nearly 2,000 yards passing and 21 touchdowns through the air to go along with 239 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
Polk said that he was extremely pleased with his quarterback’s effort and said that probably what impressed him the most was his ability to adapt to what Central was trying to do defensively.
“Preston played really well,” Polk said. “Their defense called for him to run a bit more, and he did a good job. He had some guys make some big plays for him as well.”
As the playoffs approach, Polk said he is feeling pretty good about the way that his team is playing, and added that it needs to do a few things to put itself into the best position to make the post-season.
“We are hoping to build off of last week and play consistent in all three phases again,” Polk said. “That is something we have not done all year.”
▪ Over at Northwest, the Texans’ struggles continued as the team lost to Denton Ryan by a score of 40-23 to move to 1-8 on the season.
Syrus Moore rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown in the game for the Texans.
Northwest will host Keller at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Northwest ISD Stadium.