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Dragons Seek to Avenge Allen

Aug 27, 2013 11:14AM ● By Mike

The Dragons return a wealth of experience at WR including Luke Timian (pictured), Ryan Weigel and Keton Duhon.

Friday night lights will again be buzzing along with a capacity crowd of approximately 12,500 expected when two of the nation’s top teams take the field at Dragon Stadium for the 2013 season opener.  A year ago, Allen opened the doors to its brand new $60 million Allen Eagle Stadium and wasted little time in expressing their dominance. When all the hype was over, the Eagles shut out the Dragons 24-0 on their way to a 5A State Championship.

This year the Dragons (#23 according to Max Preps Xcellent 25) play host and potentially the role of spoiler as they seek to bounce back from last year’s opener and give the Eagles (#4 according to Max Preps) an early loss.

Junior Ryan Agnew takes over at quarterback for Kenny Hill (Texas A&M) — already showing quite a bit of chemistry with his receivers taking home this summer’s 7 on 7 state tournament.  Agnew will have plenty of experienced targets at wide receiver. The sure-handed Ryan Weigel returns after leading the Dragons in receiving— catching 48 passes for 887 yards and six TDs.  Fellow seniors Luke Timian and Keton Duhon bring back another 60 catches and 1,000+ yards between them in what is without a doubt one of the most experienced groups in the state.  When not in the air, third-year starting running back AJ Ezzard (5-9, 200) can steamroll over opposing defenses.

The always potent Dragon offense will immediately come up against perhaps its toughest test of the year in Allen.  The Eagles return seven starters from the team that shut out the Dragons just a year ago. Defensive back Chad Adams posted 96 tackles and two INTs while linebackers Tay Evans (6-3, 202) and Christian Sam (6-2, 207) will fill the middle admirably.

Known for their defense, Allen quarterback Kyler Murray — having already captained his team to a state championship as a sophomore — returns after throwing for over 2,000 yards and 17 TDs.  His top target will be WR Cole Carter and up-and-coming