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Dragon's Thanksgiving Table is Set for San Angelo

Nov 26, 2014 09:43AM ● By Mike

Dragon junior running back Lil' Jordan Humphrey salutes the crowd at AT&T Stadium after scoring one of his three rushing touchdowns in a 58-42 win over Denton Guyer. Photo by K. Campos

by EJ Holland

When the playoffs roll around, it’s never smart to doubt Southlake Carroll.

The Dragons have eight state titles under their belts and always seem to find a way to get it done. Last weekend, Southlake Carroll had a perfect game plan for explosive Denton Guyer in an eye-opening 58-42 victory.

It was perhaps the best game Southlake Carroll has played all year, and head coach Hal Wasson hopes his team can build off of the momentous win as they head into the regional semifinals.

“We are really proud of our football team right now. We knew Guyer was a high-powered football team, and we knew our offense was going to have to match them score for score,” Wasson said. “I feel like Ryan Agnew was on point and the offensive line really improved. The defense played well until we got a little fatigued.”

“We just have to keep improving now that we are moving on to the next round. This is the time of year where you improve or go home.”

Southlake Carroll will look to do just that against arguably the best 6A school out in West Texas this season in San Angelo Central (11-1). The Bobcats ran the table in 3-6A DI and finished the regular season 9-1, with their only loss coming to EP Franklin by ten.

San Angelo Central has a dangerous offense that scored more than 50 points in its playoff wins over Arlington Bowie and Lubbock Monterrey. The focal point of the Bobcats’ attack is dual-threat quarterback Braden Hucks. The talented senior was primarily a running back last season but he has not let the lack of starting QB experience slow him down. This year as the starting quarterback Hucks has passed for 2,178 yards, rushed for 1,044 yards while scoring a combined 43 touchdowns. 

Hucks has a couple of nice weapons surrounding him, including explosive wide receiver Landon Sawyer and Cody Fielder.

“It’s that time of year where you play tough teams every week. San Angelo Central is coming out of West Texas as the frontrunner,” Wasson said. “Our defense is going to have its hands full if we don’t play our best. We know they have a really good quarterback, so we are going to have to be really aggressive and stay disciplined.”

And that means Southlake Carroll needs pressure up front from King Newton and big plays in the defense backfield from Andy Chelf, Kevin Cramer and Obi Eboh.

Offensively, Ryan Agnew — if he plays like he did against Guyer — and Lil’ Jordan Humphrey should be able to take advantage of an inconsistent San Angelo Central defense giving up 22 points per game.

“I have noticed that defensively they play really hard. They’re well coached. Teams do score on them a little bit,” Wasson said. “Those points usually come early, and then they step up in the second half. So we have to score early and leave no doubt.”

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.