Justin Northwest held off Keller in the second half for a 35-33 win Thursday night at Keller ISD Athletic Complex, but the victory wasn’t enough to secure a playoff berth for the Texans.
It did just the opposite for Keller (5-5, 4-3 District 5-6A), which was able to clinch a playoff spot thanks to the district’s tiebreaker rules. For losing by less than 6 points, Keller advances because it holds point-differential tiebreakers over Keller Central and Northwest (6-4, 4-3).
Keller and Northwest are now tied for third behind Keller Fossil Ridge and Denton Guyer. Northwest needs Keller Timber Creek (3-6, 0-6) to beat Keller Central (5-4, 3-3) tonight to avoid elimination. A Central win gives the Chargers the playoff spot over Northwest.
Keller will play Plano West at 6 p.m. Thursday at AT&T Stadium in the Class 6A Division I bi-district round.
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“Sometimes you’re the windshield, and sometimes you’re the bug,” Keller coach Carl Stralow said. “We were both tonight.”
Northwest came close on Thursday to controlling their own destiny.
The Texans faced fourth-and-13 from their own 12, with around a minute left, when Jesse Drummer hit Emmanuel Moore for a first-down completion. Moore then took off around the left side of the Keller defense, down to Indians’ 7.
A field goal would’ve clinched spots for both teams, while a touchdown would have eliminated Keller.
But holding was called on Northwest at its own 41, and the Texans didn’t score.