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Dragon Playoff Run Halted by Cedar Hill

Dec 08, 2014 03:37PM ● By Mike

Ryan Agnew and company faced a tough opponent in Cedar Hill. The Dragon's playoff run fell short against the Longhorns 62-42. Photo by K. Campos.

by Robert Halliman

The Dragon’s versatile offense had been firing on all cylinders during the 6A Texas state playoffs and when matched up against an extremely talented Cedar Hill squad many expected a typical Texas-style shootout. Fans in attendance at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium this past Saturday were not disappointed in the 62-42 final score.  Unfortunately for Dragon faithful, after fighting hard for four quarters, the gas tank finally hit “E” as Carroll came up short against the Longhorns in the Quarterfinal Round.

Looking back on the season, resilience is what this group of Dragons will be remembered for most.  Inexperienced on offense, with just one returning starter, the Dragon’s faced adversity in several games. However, Hal Wasson’s staff and players consistently delivered all season long en route to an impressive 13 victories.  Rolling the dice in several situations, the team’s identity took a different approach from recent seasons; focusing on its power rushing attack, while turning many late game gambles into Southlake victories.  No one will argue, the 2014 season was full of surprises and memories that will last a lifetime.

Trailing throughout Saturday’s game, the Dragons proved tough once again clawing their way from a 21-point deficit to come within five of the Longhorns with under six minutes left. Following a Cedar Hill fake punt, a controversial first down ruling helped seal the victory for the Longhorns. The ensuing play saw Cedar Hill’s running back Aca’Cedric Ware put the game out of reach for good with a 54-yard touchdown run.

Senior quarterback and Dragon Pride Player of the Week, Ryan Agnew saved his best performance for last with his best statistical night of the season, he completed 15 of 26 passes for 420 yards and four touchdowns. Showing great 

timing and touch he connected on several deep passes to the receiving trio of Tariq Gordon, Zach Farrar, and Parker Fentriss— each of whom broke the 100-yard receiving barrier for the game. Gordon led all receivers with 168 yards on six receptions including a 67-yard first quarter touchdown that gave Southlake its first lead of the game. Senior Evan Fentriss followed suit in his last game reeling in three catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, while junior Zach Farrar enjoyed the best game of his varsity career finishing the contest with three receptions for 128 yards and a score.

Focusing on the run, Cedar Hill didn’t allow Lil’ Jordan Humphrey to reach the 100-yard barrier. The holder of Carroll’s new single season rushing record finished the game with just 37 yards on 13 carries. Despite the reduced rushing output, Humphrey’s impact on the game was felt.  He opened the Dragon’s scoring after a a 4-yard touchdown reception, and then added a two-yard scoring plunge in the third quarter.

Even if the Dragons didn’t finish this season crowned as state champions, there are many reasons for the team, coaches and fans to hold their heads high. In addition to a 13-1 record, 26 players and the coaching staff were named to the  7-6A all-district team.