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Dragon Face Hurst in Regular Season Finale

Nov 05, 2014 04:33PM ● By Mike

Junior RB Lil' Jordan Humphrey is pacing the Dragons offense with 1,299 yards and 21 TDs heading into this week's regular season finale vs L.D.Bell.

by EJ Holland

Before the season began, Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson wasn’t exactly worried, but he was a little concerned.

Due to conference realignment, the Dragons ended up in one of the toughest districts in the state with teams like CoppellEuless Trinity and Colleyville Heritage  Wasson knew winning another district title was not a forgone conclusion.

Fast forward a few months later, and the nationally ranked Dragons are en route to winning an outright district title. The path was certainly grueling, but it made the Dragons stronger than ever.

“If we can win the district outright, it would be a tremendous accomplishment. We play in an extremely competitive district and played one of the toughest schedules to date,” Wasson said. “We overcame a lot of adversity, and it would be a special thing to finish 10-0.”

The only thing standing in the way of Southlake Carroll and its ultimate goal is Hurst L.D. Bell. Although the Raiders have produced some solid teams in the past, 2014 has been a down year.

But Wasson says his team will in no way be looking past them. The playoffs are still a week away. The focus right now is Hurst L.D.Bell and a perfect regular season.

“We never change our mindset. Like I’ve been saying all year, the next game is the biggest game. It doesn’t change,” Wasson said. “There is no doubt the playoffs are coming. But we have to focus on ourselves and getting better. We’ve had the same mindset since before the season.”

Hurst L.D. Bell looks to play the part of spoiler. But the fact of the matter is the Raiders have been downright awful at times this season. Hurst L.D. Bell opened the season with seven straight losses before notching its first victory last week at Haltom.

The Raiders, however, are hungry to pull the upset and would love nothing more than to hand Southlake Carroll its first loss of the season.

In order to do that, the offense, which operates out of the spread, has to get going. The Raiders average just 14.3 points per game. Running back Daniel Dorsett has been the lone bright spot with 939 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. The defense hasn’t been much better, giving up 43 points per contest.

“They’ve been having their issues, but L.D. Bell looks like a good team. They are extremely physical,” Wasson said. “We’re going to have to get on them early or they are going to get after you. We are going to have to create doubt in them early. We just have to keep improving our blocking and catching. We have to be more consistent. The best news is we haven’t reached our ceiling yet.”