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Dragons Pour on the Points to Down Denton Guyer

Nov 24, 2014 11:02AM ● By Mike

Led by impressive offensive performances by Ryan Agnew and Lil' Jordan Humphrey the Dragons dominated Denton Guyer in second round action. Photo by K. Campos

by Robert Halliman

If we’ve learned anything about the 2014 Carroll Dragons, it’s to never count them out no matter the opponent or the odds.  After many considered the Dragons underdogs in their second round matchup, including the Dallas Morning News, Hal Wasson and the Southlake Carroll Dragons responded to critics by walloping Denton Guyer 58-42 in the Area Round of the 6-A Division II playoffs Saturday Night.

Scoring on their first seven possessions Saturday night, the Carroll offense looked almost unstoppable as Southlake’s aerial and ground assault combined for a total of 490 yards of offense.  The game never seemed close as the Dragons turned early Guyer mistakes into a 31-7 lead early in the 2nd quarter, all but eliminating the chance for a comeback.

Dragon Pride Player of the Game Ryan Agnew was practically flawless completing 21 of 24 pass attempts (88%) for  244 yards and a touchdown. Agnew added two more scores on the ground. Running back Li’l Jordan Humphrey notched another extremely impressive performance to his dominating tour of North Texas rushing for 182 yards on 28 carries while piercing the end zone three times. Humphrey has also shown his receiving skills of late, catching 5 passes for 51 yards.  

The Dragons receiving core provided plenty of firepower as Agnew completed passes to four different receiving options.  Wide receiver Ryan McGibboney, whose presence has made a world of difference for the Dragon passing game since returning from injury lead the Dragons with 5 receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown.  Tariq Gordon finished second on the team with 7 receptions for 82 yards while Parker Fentriss who’s blocking became a big part of the Dragon rushing attack, finished with 1 catch for 12 yards.

 Despite giving up 42 points and almost 500 yards of total offense to sophomore sensation quarterback Shawn Robinson, the Dragon defense found ways to subdue Guyer's weapons on its way to victory.  The Dragon Defense forced two turnovers, one of which was a blown up trick play by linebacker Joel McClellan that turned into a 37-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.  Once again, Andy Chelf led the Dragon defense, this time with 8 tackles and four pass deflections, while his counterpart Kevin Cramer finished with 6 tackles, two pass deflections and a timely interception that set up an early score and a scoring pace the Wildcats just could not keep up with.

“We told our football team all week they were going to make some plays.”  Said, Coach Hal Wasson.  “We had to contain them and make them uncomfortable at times and we were able to do that."

As Hal Wasson’s ball club has now completed its second goal of the year; practicing on Thanksgiving the Dragons look to continue its postseason success Saturday when they face San Angelo Central (11-1) in the regional round of the Division II playoffs.  Kickoff begins at 1pm at Baylor’s McLane stadium in Waco.