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Dragons Bounce Bobcats!

Dec 01, 2014 11:28AM ● By Mike

Senior wide receiver Tariq Gordon heads to the end zone against the San Angelo Central Bobcats at McLane Stadium. Gordon led all receivers with 7 receptions for 153 yards and a TD. Photo by K. Campos.

by Robert Halliman

If there’s one thing in life Southlake Carroll fans look forward to during the holiday season, its definitely Dragon football in December.  After a two-year hiatus from the quarterfinal round of the playoffs, Hal Wasson and the Southlake Carroll Dragons head back to familiar territory after conquering San Angelo Central 38-10 in the regional round of the 6A Division II playoffs. 

No strangers to great quarterback play, this season Coach Wassson has found the key to success in a strong emphasis on the run game. With four viable rushing options behind the Southlake Carroll offensive line, the green and white have excelled with a potent ground game. Behind the power rushing of Lil’ Jordan Humphrey (1,790 yards, 28 TDs) the Dragons have the option of running down the clock or opening up big plays through the passing attack. Both are enviable weapons this late into a state championship run.

The mark of a great team is their relentless pursuit of improvement week to week. In doing so their play steps up as the stakes get higher. The same goes for great quarterbacks and Ryan Agnew has continued to progress as the Dragons move deeper into their playoff run. Playing mistake free football against Central, Agnew finished the contest 13 of 24 for 208 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 65 yards on the ground. Li’l Jordan Humphrey continued his streak of 100 plus yard games, rushing for 117 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns.  Humphries added a receiving touchdown to his brilliant performance, catching a 21-yard touchdown pass from Carroll receiver Parker Fentriss on a trick play in the first quarter. Dragon Pride Player of the Week Tariq Gordon led all Dragon receivers with 153 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions, while Ryan McGiboney finished second on the team with three catches for 21 yards and a touchdown.

“We came out with the mindset that we were going to win”, said junior Running back Li’l Jordan Humphrey.  “We had what happened last year in the back of our minds and we wanted to outperform the team before us.”

After giving up 42 points last weekend against Denton Guyer, the Dragon defense buckled down surrendering 10 points to a San Angelo Central offense that averaged more than 38 points per game.  Forcing the Bobcats to punt on four of their first five possessions, the Dragon defense suffocated quarterback Braden Huck and the Bobcat offense from start to finish.  The team allowed only one meaningless touchdown with just six seconds left in the contest.  Senior Andy Chelf led the defensive charge for Southlake Carroll finishing with 12 tackles and an interception, while senior Middle Linebacker Clark Parr finished second on the team with nine tackles including a sack. 

Southlake Carroll next faces Cedar Hill (11-2) in the Quarterfinal round of the playoffs Saturday at SMU.  Kickoff begins at 2 p.m.