Ground Game Paces Keller in 24-14 Win

Keller behind a strong ground game and stout defense put themselves in strong playoff standing with a 24-14 win over Justin Northwest on Thursday night.

KELLER- In a game which most expected to be a defensive slugfest it was the Keller Indians (6-1, 3-1) who had the answers in a 24-14 win over the Justin Northwest Texans (4-3, 2-2) Thursday night at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex. Keller's defense which at times in the first half looked to be on the ropes, stepped up in the second half as they completely shut down NHS until they allowed a touchdown with just one second left in the game. On offense Keller was led by the backfield combo of senior Kyle Fields who ran for 144 yards and a score on just 11 carries and junior Kelo Webster who had 123 total yards and the game winning score early in the fourth quarter.

After forcing a Northwest punt to open the game, Keller wasted little time jumping out to a 7-0 marching right down the field behind a nice mix of run and pass. Evan Perkins put KHS up hauling in a 13 yard touchdown pass from Cameron Allerheiligen. Northwest on offense would sputter until midway through the second quarter when they'd tie things up on an 80 yard drive where the Texans did a wonderful job mixing the run and short pass. Chris Bain ended the march catching a five yard pass from Brysen Curb. Northwest had a chance to take the lead late in the first half but Keller's Matt White picked off a Curb pass in the end zone and that would prove to turn the game around for the Indians defense and at the half it was tied at seven.

The second half proved to be all Keller as the Indians totally dominated for the most part as they dominated time of possession at a nearly two to one clip. Keller would take the lead for good midway in the third quarter as Jasen Zorn kicked a 24 yard field goal to make it 10-7 Indians. The ground game which totaled 255 total yards started to wear the Texans down early in the fourth quarter. Kelo Webster put the Indians up by ten at 17-7 with a three yard touchdown run and then Fields iced the game with an 18 yard run to make it 24-7. Northwest would add a late touchdown for the final margin of 24-14 as Eric Clinton scored on a 20 yard pass from Curb.

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