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Carroll Dragons Prepare for History in the Making

Apr 02, 2014 02:35PM ● Published by Anonymous

By Christina Mlynski

If Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson could pick one word to describe the Dragons' 2014 football schedule, it would be demanding.

With the 2014 schedule including five home games and several area matchups, Wasson and his team are facing teams that have tradition-rich programs.

“Each week is going to be a real dog fight,” Wasson says. “If you don’t bring your A game, you’re not going to have a chance to win. We have to be at our best every week for a chance to win these games.” 

The schedule features five former state champions and a new district that will feature Trinity and L.D. Bell for the first time in history. 

Carroll will open the season Friday, Aug. 29 against Austin Westlake at Dragon Stadium.

“Our season starts out with a bang with Austin Westlake,” Wasson adds. “They are one of the most respected programs in the state coming into week one.” 

Southlake will then play four non-district games, including Tulsa Union and Midland Lee.

The Dragons will host former state champion Abilene for homecoming on Sept. 26.

Following Abilene, powerhouses Coppell and Euless Trinity will take to the turf at Dragon Stadium. Both teams need no introduction and have seen tremendous success over the past few years. 

“Since we have some very successful opponents on the schedule, I expect that the excitement for the fans and the media will be heightened going into the season,” says Carroll ISD Director of Athletics Kevin Ozee. “As for the players, coaches and myself, we cannot worry about our opponents as we only concern ourselves with being the very best we can be every day and every play.” 

The newly aligned District 7-6A is regarded as one of the toughest in the state.

The Dragons went out of District 4-5A in style. Dozens of Dragons made their mark last season, receiving various All District selections.

Dragon quarterback Ryan Agnew will return for his senior season and is a veteran force to be reckoned with. Agnew complied 4,449 yards of offensive production and 52 touchdowns. He threw for 3195 yards, made 32 touchdowns and completed 75 percent of his passes last year.

One of the biggest anticipated home games of the season would be against playoff-rival Trinity. Both teams have met three times in the postseason, including the last two seasons, with the Dragons holding a 2-1 edge. 

“We have found that when we focus on ourselves and being the best we can be instead of worrying about our opponent and the things that we cannot control, we tend to have pretty good results,” Ozee says.

As the Dragons suit up to take on one of the most challenging schedules in Carroll football history, Wasson explains that the team never takes for granted the tremendous support Southlake provides.

“We look forward to representing our school and the community in a great way because it’s going to take all of us puling together this season,” he says. “We know it’s going to be a demanding and challenging season, but it’s a very rewarding deal. We are excited.”    

DRAGON 2014 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

DATE       OPPONENT              SITE                     TIME                 
Aug. 29      Austin Westlake       Dragon Stadium    7:30 p.m.
Sept. 5       Tulsa Union                 AT&T Stadium       8 p.m.
Sept. 12     Midland Lee                 Away                        7 p.m.
Sept. 19                             OPEN
Sept. 26     Abilene (HC)              Dragon Stadium   7:30 p.m.
Oct. 3        *Coppell                       Dragon Stadium   7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10      *Richland                     Away                       7:30 p.m.
Oct. 17       *Trinity                        Dragon Stadium   7:30 p.m.
Oct. 24      *Coll. Heritage            Away                       7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31       *Haltom                       Dragon Stadium   7:30 p.m.
Nov. 7        *L.D. Bell                     Away                       7:30 p.m.
* Denotes District 7-6A game
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