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Dragon Defense Delivers Again

Oct 20, 2014 04:14PM ● By Mike

King Newton (91), Clark Par (47) and Kevin Cramer (18) gang tackle Euless Trinity quarterback Tyler Natee during the Dragon's 10-6 victory.

October 20, 2014

by Robert Halliman

If you were lucky enough to have a seat at Dragon Stadium Friday night to for the clash of the titans matchup between Southlake Carroll (7-0) and Euless Trinity (7-1) than you definitely got your money’s worth.  In another game that was decided by late game heroics, Carroll defeated Trinity 10-6 in front of a capacity crowd. The win secured Southlake the top spot in the 7-6a district and handed the Trojans their first loss on the season.  A classic battle between two of Texas’ top five teams— the win served as a good litmus test for a potential Dragon playoff run.

Like Southlake vs. Trinity games of the past the outcome on Friday night was again determined in the final minutes.  Following a pass interference call against Southlake, the Trojans were within the Dragon’s 10-yard line with just over a minute left in the game. After a run play on 3rd down put the Trojans inside the 5-yard line with 20 seconds left, the Trojans failed to get the final play off before time expired. Players and fans alike went into a frenzy as the clock wound down on yet another extremely close Dragon victory.

As expected in this physical battle, the offensive load was placed on the capable legs of junior running back Lil’ Jordan Humphrey. Despite only rushing for 29 yards in the first half Humphrey finished over the century mark for the sixth game in a row..   As the game wore on he only got stronger and finished with 103 yards and the game’s only touchdown— a 2-yard red-zone power run with less than 4:00 left in the contest. The would be controversial 4th and 2 call by Head Coach Hal Wasson proved to be the deciding factor in this hard fought game.  Despite a few critical drops, quarterback Ryan Agnew was able to overcome an early interception to lead the Dragons down the field on the game winning drive. His 19-yard scamper on the all-important 3rd and 17 set up Humphrey’s run and together the two plays decided put the Dragons ahead on the scoreboard for the first time all night. The senior quarterback who has the will to win when it matters most finished the game 18 of 28 for 178 yards.

Allowing just six points to a top ranked opponent, it goes without question that Tim Wasson’s defense answered the call once again.  After shutting out Richland last week, the Dragon defense gave up only six points to a Trinity team that hadn’t been held with out an offensive touchdown all season. Senior safety and Dragon Pride Player of the Game  Kevin Cramer led the Dragons with 16 tackles and a critical early fourth quarter interception as Trinity attempted to go for it on a fourth down in Dragons territory.  Senior Safety Andy Chelf whose aggressive tackling ability resonated all game finished second on the team with 15 tackles.

“They hurt us early on the sweep, but we made adjustments,” said cornerback  and team captain Tariq Gordon.  “In the 2nd half we willed ourselves to hold a great offense to no points, and gave our offense a chance to put points up. [It was] a great team win.”