Holmes Gets The Nod In Week 2
Sep 01, 2015 10:47AM ● Published by Mike
Junior Quarterback Mason Holmes will be under center in Week 2 vs Tulsa Union.
By EJ Holland
Southlake Carroll isn’t used to losing many games.
But penalties and mistakes cost the Dragons in a big way in their season opening loss to Austin Westlake 20-14. And now, Southlake Carroll must turn its attention to another tough road contest as it travels to Oklahoma to take on Tulsa Union.
Head coach Hal Wasson is optimistic his team will have a better performance in Week 2.
“As Dragons, we know there are winners and there are learners,” Wasson said. “This was a big learning experience. The question is how fast can we rebound from it. It’s really quite simple — we have to play more disciplined. We have to protect the football and seize momentum.”
Southlake Carroll struggled to put points on the board with new starting quarterback Montana Murphy under center. Murphy completed less than 50 percent of his passes and was picked off once.
Now, the Dragons will turn to Mason Holmes. A junior, Holmes doesn’t have any experience on the varsity level but did have a solid fall camp.
Tulsa Union, however, will be a tough test. The Redskins gave up just 17 points per game last season and return a bulk of their starters, including highly touted cornerback recruit Tre Brown.
“We anticipated that both quarterbacks were going to play against Westlake,” Wasson. “But we dug ourselves into a hole early and didn’t feel that was the best time to insert Mason. He’ll start this week.
“Tulsa Union is going to bring a lot of pressure. They run a lot of man concepts, so we have to win routes.”
Despite the opening loss, Southlake Carroll performed admirably on defense, considering the unit featured 10 new starters. But things won’t get any easier against Tulsa Union.
The Redskins have an electrifying running back in Tyler Adkins, who rushed for more than 1,400 yards last season and holds an offer from Navy, and an experienced quarterback in Mason Farquhar.
“They have a strong running game,” Wasson said. “Obviously, their running back is a high profile guy. They have a big offensive line and an effective quarterback. This is going to be a big challenge for our defense.”
Southlake Carroll topped Tulsa Union, 42-41, in a dramatic overtime win last season. And Wasson expects another close contest on Friday.
“It’s their home opener, so it’s going to be a hostile environment,” he said. “We’re going to have to weather the storm. If we don’t, we’re not going to like it. We have to play with energy.”