Richland Rebels Visit Dragonland
Oct 09, 2015 11:44AM ● Published by Mike
by EJ Holland
Southlake Carroll certainly has a flair for the dramatic.
Three of the Dragons’ first five games have come down to the wire, including last week’s thrilling 38-37 double overtime victory over Coppell that saw safety Robert Barnes make the game-winning tackle after the Cowboys decided try to win the game on a two-point conversion attempt.
“It was obviously a fantastic win for our players,” Wasson said. “We showed resiliency and a will to win. We made the biggest plays when the mattered the most. We were able to fight back again and get the win.
“But we have a 24-hour rule around here. The Coppell win was great, but we have to move on to the next game. We train the players that it’s about the next play and the next game. We have to be at our best for Richland.”
Wasson is right. Richland is currently on a bit of a hot streak. After dropping its first three games of the season, the Rebels have bounced back with three straight victories — two of those came in District 7-6A play.
In fact, Richland has already matched last year’s win total and is much improved from a year ago, especially on defense. Led by defensive linemen Cason Clark and Cole Burgess, Richland has not surrendered more than 30 points in its last three contests.
“They are very good up front,” Wasson said. “We’re going to have block better because they have some very good defensive linemen. We have to make some improvements up front, and we have to be more consistent overall.”
Coppell was able to hold stud running back Lil’ JordanHumphrey to less than 100 yards rushing last week. As Wasson mentioned, the Dragons need to do a better job of opening holes for Humphrey against a veteran laden defense.
On the flip side of the ball, the key to victory for Southlake Carroll will be a strong performance from its front seven. Richland quarterback Jordan Riley can make plays with both his arm and his legs. Wiley has accumulated more than 1,400 yards of total offense this season.
“(Wiley) is an outstanding player,” Wasson said. “He’s a dual-threat quarterback, so we have to be disciplined. They have a good wide receiver (Aaron Denson), too. They’re very athletic and very talented. They’re feeling good about themselves right now.”
Southlake Carroll has topped Richland in every clash between the two teams this decade.