TD on fourth-down direct snap gets Justin Northwest's offense on a roll in 31-17 win over Keller


Published: 27 September 2013 11:52 PM

Updated: 28 September 2013 01:20 AM

KELLER — Facing fourth-and-short with three minutes left in the first half at the Keller 5-yard line, Justin Northwest coach Bill Patterson had two options Friday night: play it safe and kick the field goal, or play the odds and go for a touchdown.

With the wind howling at Keller ISD Athletic Center, Patterson rolled the dice and reaped the rewards. Northwest wide receiver Emmanuel Moore took a direct snap and rushed to the right side for a touchdown, giving Patterson’s team a lead it wouldn’t give up in a 31-17 victory.

“That’s not good coaching, I should have kicked the field goal,” Patterson said. “I don’t know, I just felt like we had a formation that we worked on and we executed. Going up 14-0 at half was big.”

Northwest quarterback Jesse Drummer completed 14 of 18 attempts for 156 yards and one touchdown. The Northwest defense allowed just 74 rushing yards to a Keller team that averaged more than 150 on the ground entering the game.

Northwest (4-0) followed its first scoring drive by holding Keller (3-1) to a three-and-out deep in its own territory. The Keller punt wobbled against a strong headwind, giving Northwest the ball at midfield. Five plays and 51 yards later, wide receiver Brady Byrd hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dusty Cloud to make it 14-0 at the break.

Keller had an opportunity to score in the third quarter when it recovered a Northwest fumble at its 18-yard line with three minutes left. But facing third-and-long, Keller quarterback Hunter McEachern was intercepted in the end zone by Northwest defensive back Parker Kneis. Northwest responded with a score on its following drive — a 51-yard touchdown catch by Chase Morrison to make it 21-0.

Both teams found offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter. Northwest scored on a 27-yard field goal and 45-yard touchdown run from Dennis Adrole — who finished with a game-high 129 yards rushing. Keller also recorded a 30-yard field goal to go along with two receiving touchdowns for Cameron Johnson.

Keller's Revived Football Program is Turning Heads

By Greg Bogomol

Special to the Star-Telegram

No one can remember for sure the last time the Keller Indians started the season 3-0, but the one thing they can be sure of that this week’s game against Northwest, also 3-0 will be one of the biggest in the past decade.

“It doesn’t really matter to us if people think we’re good or not,” head coach Carl Stralow said. “The most important thing for us to convey to the kids is it’s all about us and as long as we think were good that’s all the matters.”

Keller also has found a little extra incentive to play for this season as one of their teammates who would have been one of the leaders and captains wasn’t able to play.

“This group has come together to become a tight knit unit who plays for each other,” Stralow said. “They don’t care who’s getting the yardage or whose getting the credit; they all care about the team and getting the win. We probably got a few wins so far people didn’t think we would get, but it’s been fun.”

The team started to turn heads with its season opening victory over Prosper 24-23 and then knocked off Mansfield 24-7 to go to 2-0, but people around the area and school started believing when they knocked off one of the areas powerhouses Bell 20-0 two weeks ago on the Blue Raiders home turf.

“We have to keep the kids in the present and make their focus on that day and what we are doing,” Stralow said. “We’re letting them know that it’s one game at a time and you can’t look back at what you did. We have to make sure we keep our eye on the task ahead and play the next game one at a time.”

Right now the Indians despite all their success have their sights set on Northwest in a game will most likely go a long way to challenging not only for one of the four playoff spots, but Carroll for the district title.

“I honestly think more than anything, is that this group has decided to come together and play harder than they ever have,” Stralow said. “There just very opportunistic and fight their tails off and that’s the mentality they have. I’m not going to take and credit for our success right now.”

Leading the way on offense has been senior running back Dalton Mills who has rushed for 333 yards on 60 carries and four scores. Stralow noted that teams knew Mills would be the focal point and has pointed to senior quarterback Hunter McEachern as a key to the offense.

“Hunter just wants to win no matter if we throw the ball eight times or 50,” Stralow said. “He does whatever we ask and never complains. His first focus is the team and making sure they win. I couldn’t be happier that he’s our quarterback right now.”

McEachern has completed 21 of 36 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He threw both of his touchdowns in the victory over Bell as he connected on 7 of 13 passes.

“Having used this system last year and over and over in spring it has become easier,” McEachern said. “I just really tried to work my butt of during the off season. The offensive line does a great job of getting me protection when we do pass, but first we’re going to try to run it down your throat. When you stop it were going to throw it so I just try to be as accurate as I can. As long as were winning it doesn’t matter to me, it’s all about helping the team win.”

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3-0 Here We Go

Keller’s quick start

Carl Stralow just needed some time.

Keller’s second-year head coach has gotten that, and things seems to be clicking for the Indians, who improved to 3-0 with last week’s 20-0 win over Hurst L.D. Bell.

“Any time you have more time around kids, you know what they’re more capable of doing,” Stralow said. “A year helps that. We are different in play-calling and offense and defense to match this particular group of kids.”

With Friday’s victory, Keller matched its 2012 win total. The Indians were opportunistic in getting there. Bell outgained Keller 355-193 in total yardage, but Keller forced five fumbles and recovered three.

“We’re not getting any style points,” Stralow said. “We’re just about ready to print shirts that say ‘Win ugly, win often.’ ”

Stralow said his team still needs to “clean up” each segment of its game. The Indians will get a chance to do that during this week’s bye.

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DMN: Defensive player of the week (9/15): Keller’s Houston Miller


Staff Writer

Published: 15 September 2013 07:57 PM

Updated: 15 September 2013 07:58 PM

What he did: Miller led the Keller defensive front in a 20-0 victory against Hurst L.D. Bell, which had scored 39 and 49 points in its first two games. Keller was outgained by more than 150 yards, but staunch goal-line stands and turnovers gave Keller the victory.

Who he is: A 6-4, 220-pound sophomore defensive end.

The stats: 8 tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.

He said it: “We have a lot of pride in our defense. It means a lot to us to pitch a shutout, and show the team last year we lost by only a field goal to, that this year we’re not anything to mess with. It also means a lot for me being a sophomore, and the coaches having the trust in me to do what I do.”

Coach said it: “His future is bright. That young man will definitely help our program over the next several years. He is a good football player, and has a chance to be a great one here shortly. We don’t win if we don’t create turnovers in that game. ” — Carl Stralow

Did you know?

Miller attended the “Top Gun” football camp last summer, held in Dublin, Ohio. The camp, run by Football University, is reserved for top athletes from across the nation who qualify in regional camps. Miller said he’s working to earn a college scholarship, and he dreams of someday playing in the NFL.

Honorable mention

Garrett Blubaugh 




17 tackles, 1 FF 


Turnovers help Keller blank L.D. Bell

Fri 9/13, 7:30pm, Pennington Field, Bedford

By Shawn Smajstrla

Special to the Star-Telegram

BEDFORD — Keller was opportunistic in spoiling Hurst L.D. Bell’s homecoming Friday night at Pennington Field.

The Indians played stellar red-zone defense and took advantage of four Blue Raiders fumbles en route to a 20-0 road victory despite being outgained 355 yards to 193.

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Bell (2-1) dominated the first half statistically, outgaining the Indians 216-77, but found itself trailing by a touchdown. The Raiders fumbled four times in the half, losing three.

The first came on Bell’s second possession, which started at its own 6-yard line. The Raiders drove to the Keller 25, but quarterback Colson Romano was sacked and fumbled.

The Bell defense forced Keller to punt, but Johnny Leon mishandled the punt and the Indians pounced on it at the Raiders’ 46.

Keller (3-0) took advantage of the mistake. Four plays later McEachern connected with Brandon Poyser for a 26-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

The Raiders again threatened on the ensuing drive. Fua Sapoi ran 42 yards to the Keller 1. But the Indians’ defense stiffened. Twice Bell was turned back, and on third down a botched exchange led to the Raiders’ third turnover of the half.

Keller again kept the Raiders off the board in the third quarter by blocking a 39-yard field-goal attempt. The next Bell possession resulted in another turnover. Romano hit T.J. Hardy for what looked to be a big play, but a Keller defensive back jarred the ball loose.

The Indians capitalized again. This time McEachern connected with Connor Killian from 6 yards to make it 13-0 after a missed PAT.

Keller secured the victory when running back Dalton Mills completed a fourth-down jump pass to Sione Teuhema for a 7-yard touchdown to make it 20-0 with 2:10 to play. The touchdown was set up by the Indians’ biggest play of the night, a 45-yard run by Poyser.

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Great start in 2013 for the Indians!

By Kevin Casas

Special to the Star-Telegram

KELLER — After the offense sputtered on its first two possessions, Keller needed a spark to get rolling Thursday night.

The Indians found it on defense, as outside linebacker and Texas recruit Sione Teuhema recorded three sacks and three more tackles for loss in a 24-7 nondistrict victory over Mansfield at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex.

The senior’s play helped give Keller (2-0) better field position in the second quarter, enabling quarterback Hunter McEachern and running back Dalton Mills to get the offense going.

“My job is just to do what I can to get the offense in situations to succeed,” Teuhema said. “I never know what the coaches are going to call on defense, but on all the sacks, their offense was kind of confused on what we were doing.”

What Keller did was ride that confusion to short-field success, running only 44 plays for 212 yards and six possessions that started in Mansfield territory. The Tigers drop to 0-2.

McEachern and the Indians struggled in the first two offensive series of the game before Teuhema dropped Mansfield quarterback Caleb Evans at the end of the first quarter.

That helped Keller take the ball at the start of the second quarter on the Mansfield 31-yard line.

McEachern capped that six-play drive with a 17-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0.

Another strong defensive stop led to a Christian Perkins 36-yard field goal before Teuhema chased Evans again around left end.

The 15-yard loss led to more great field position and Mills capped a six-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run for a 17-0 lead.

“We’ve started slow two weeks in a row now, and I can’t really put my finger on why,” Keller coach Carl Stralow said. “We’re just going to run the ball here, we’re not going to hide that. We’re just going to line up and hit you with it.”

Keller ran 33 running plays and threw 11 passes, but only three of those passes were downfield.

Evans completed 10 passes for 141 yards to lead the Tigers.

Keller Wins 2013 Season Opener!

After taking an impressive lead in the first half, the Indians fought hard to hang on for the win against Prosper with a final of 24-23.

Senior running back Dalton Mills led the way with 2 touchdowns and 190 yards rushing on 25 carries. Brandon Poyser also scored a TD on a run in the first quarter to put Keller up 7-0. Senior kicker Christian Perkins sealed the early lead with a 47 yard field goal in the second half. The score at the half was 17-7 Keller.

But, Prosper was not going to back down easily. After scoring late in the first half and putting on an impressive passing display in the second half, the Eagles scored a touchdown late in the fourth to come within 1 of tying the ballgame with just seconds left on the clock.

However, after a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct for celebrating after the TD, Prosper was pushed back to kick a 35 yarder for the PAT. In a dramatic finish, the Eagles missed the kick to send Keller to the win column for their first outing of the 2013 season!

Board Approves Carl Stralow as New Head Football Coach


Keller ISD’s Board of Trustees approved March 8 the hiring of Carl Stralow as the new head football coach of Keller High School.

Carl Stralow joins KHS and Keller ISD after serving as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator at Colleyville Heritage High School since 2007. Prior to that he was the Defensive Coordinator at Coppell High School for seven years and served as Assistant Head Coach at Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, Fla. from 1988-2000.

KISD Athletics Director Bob DeJonge said Stralow brings to Keller a great deal of coaching experience and a history of success at every level.

“Coach Stralow is a passionate, committed, and energetic leader, and I believe our students will benefit greatly from his guidance and experience,” DeJonge said. “Keller ISD and the Keller High School community are very excited to welcome him to our family.”

Stralow holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Education from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and Secondary Physical Education Certification in the state of Texas.


Ryan vs. KELLER, originally scheduled for 10/22/2015, has been rescheduled for 10/24/15 at 1 p.m. at Keller ISD Stadium.

Keller rallies for overtime win over Keller Timber Creek

Keller rallies for overtime win over Keller Timber Creek

Fri 10/16,7:00pm,Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller

By Eric Liles

Special to the Star-Telegram

Why Keller won: Down 38-30 with three minutes left, the Indians moved 80 yards in nine plays with Tyler Tutt scoring on a 4-yard run with 36 seconds to play. Tutt’s 2-point conversion pass to Houston Miller forced overtime where Luke Hogan won it with a 40-yard field goal.

Key players: Tutt ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Timber Creek’s Braxton Washington led all rushers with 186 yards.
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Key stat: Keller’s Landry Hutchins returned a kickoff 75 yards for a TD and Liam Ardigo went 103 yards for another score.

Records: Keller 5-2, 2-2 5-6A; Timber Creek 1-5, 1-3


KHS running back Tyler Tutt has been nominated for the Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week award, presented by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and Wells Fargo. Vote now!


KHS running back Tyler Tutt has been nominated for the Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week award, presented by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and Wells Fargo. Vote now! Poll closes Friday at noon.

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