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Dragons Looking Forward To First Home Game

Sep 10, 2015 10:16AM ● By Mike

By EJ Holland

Southlake Carroll used a second half surge to climb its way back from a 16-point halftime deficit and ultimately knock off Oklahoma power Tulsa Union, 34-30, last week.

While head coach Hal Wasson was certainly happy his team picked up its first victory of the year, he wasn’t satisfied. As in their season opener against Austin Westlake, the Dragon started slow and fell behind early.

Wasson is preaching start fast and finish strong this week.

“We have to start fast and not dig ourselves into a hole,” Wasson said. “This is a young football team, so a lot of it is maturity issues. We have to continue to prepare and fight to reach our standards.”

A jolt of energy from the home crowd could help with that. Southlake Carroll will play its first game at home against Midland Lee onFriday   a team the Dragons dominated last year, 56-6.

But Midland Lee brings back a plethora of returning starters on the offensive side of the ball, has a new coach in James Morton and picked up a key 46-28 win over El Paso Coronado last week.

The Rebels, who are averaging 30 points per game, feature a run-heavy system, which means the Dragons will have to play tough in the trenches.

“There is no doubt that they’ve improved since last year,” Wasson said. “They run multiple offensive formations that can cause some issues. Their quarterback (Wesley Hall) is a playmaker and their running back (Tony Jones) is elusive. We have to play physical and tackle better.”

Midland also has some talent back on defense. Both defensive ends Kaleb Nunez and Ryan Dean will be a handful up front. It is imperative for Southlake Carroll’s offensive line to keep new quarterback Mason Holmes upright and open up holes for star running back Lil’ Jordan Humphrey.

Wasson said Holmes would once again get the starting nod under center over Montana Murphy. Holmes impressed in his first start last week, throwing for 332 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“Mason will be our quarterback,” Wasson said. “It was fun to watch him improve quarter by quarter and gain more confidence. He took some big hits and continued to deliver the ball. That should make any offensive line want to block harder.”

If they do, Southlake Carroll should finally have some breathing room after two nail-biting finishes.