Dragons Claim First 7-6A District Title
Nov 10, 2014 02:43PM ● Published by Mike
The Dragons celebrate in the end zone after defeating Euless Trinity 10-6 at Dragon Stadium.
by Robert Halliman
At preseason meetings the Dragons meet to discuss their goals for the upcoming season—the first thing on the list is always to win the outright district championship. As Carroll cruised to a 38-14 victory over L.D. Bell, the team capped off an undefeated regular season and the first ever 7-6A district championship.
As the playoffs loom the Dragon passing game has looked much improved the last two weeks. Quarterback Ryan Agnew has taken advantage of the schedule of late throwing six touchdown passes to just one interception. In his last two contests he’s more than doubled his touchdowns thrown in the previous eight games. He finished Friday night’s game 14 of 19 for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Consistent all year long, Li’l Jordan Humphrey added to his spectacular year by running for 102 yards on just 14 carries. His 1,401 rushing yards breaks the Carroll single season rushing record last held by Tommy Avers. Wide receiver/Cornerback Tariq Gordon led Carroll’s receiving core with 63 yards on three catches and a touchdown. Senior Parker Fentriss finished second on the team with five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown, while junior Tommy Kane scored his first touchdown as a Dragon on a 19 yard reception from backup Quarterback Montana Murphy.
“I would say that at this point in the season we’ve established running the ball as our identity”, said Junior Running Back Li’l Jordan Humphrey. “With three great running backs on the team, we are very difficult to stop offensively.”
Tim Wasson’s defense continued its stout play only giving up 156 yards in their victory over Bell. Southlake Carroll’s defensive line led by UTSA commit King Newton and Defensive End Grady Sullivan provided problems for LD Bell’s rushing attack limiting the Blue Raiders to 119 yards on 43 carries only allowing 2.77 yards per rushing attempt. Dragon Pride Player of the Week Jacob Copeland led the Dragon defense putting constant pressure on both Bell quarterbacks throughout the night. The sophomore linebacker posted 11 tackles and an impressive three sacks on the night. Outside Linebacker Joel McClellan finished second on the team with nine tackles, one sack and a pass deflection.
The Dragons open the playoffs against Mansfield (7-3) Friday night at AT&T Stadium. Kickoff begins at 9 p.m.