The Key to Topping the Trojans
Oct 14, 2015 03:10PM
● By Mike
The Dragon defense gang tackles Richland during a 52-21 win at Dragon Stadium. Photo by S. Johnson/ SnappedDragons.com
by EJ Holland
It’s been five years since Southlake Carroll dropped a district game.
Over the span, the Dragons have won 29 consecutive league games and four outright district titles. But the streak could be in jeopardy this Friday when Southlake Carroll travels to Pennington Field to take on a powerful Euless Trinity team.
The Trojans are ranked No. 4 in the latest 6A Associated Press state poll and proved to be a force in non-district play with wins over Galena Park North Shore and De La Salle (Calif.), the nation’s top team at the time.
“We had a really good win over Richland on Friday,” said Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson. “It was good to beat a team that had won three in a row. But we know we have a tough test this Friday. We’re going to have our hands full with Trinity.”
The two teams squared off as district foes for the first time last season. Southlake Carroll came away with a tough, hard fought 10-6victory. Another low scoring game could be in the cards this season.
Despite having a new coach in Chris Jensen, Euless Trinity has continued to play the play the physical brand of football that made it a Texas high school football juggernaut.
The key to stopping the Trojans is to stop the run. The Trojans run the ball on around 90 percent of its offensive plays with stud running back Ja’Ron Wilson and quarterback Tyler Natee, who is being recruited as a fullback at the next level. The two have combined for more than 1,600 yards on the ground this season behind Euless Trinity’s mammoth offensive line.
“It’s tough to prepare for Trinity,” Wasson said. “It’s humanly impossible to replicate their massive size. We can’t stuff two or three guys in the same jersey. But we just have to be disciplined. We know they’re fast, strong and are going to run it right at you.”
Like Euless Trinity, Southlake Carroll has a team identity and plans to stick to it no matter what. The Dragons have been in a nice offensive groove since Mason Holmes took over at quarterback and skill players like Lil’ Jordan Humphrey and Zach Farrar have made major impacts.
The Trojans run a base 4-3 defense but are relatively young — just two starters returned from last year’s squad. But, led by national defensive tackle recruit Chris Daniels, Euless Trinity is giving up just 19 points per game.
“We have to score,” Wasson said. “Every possession is monumental in a game like this. We have to stay on schedule. We have to be who we are. We have to believe and be confident in what you do. We can’t panic. And we have to execute.
“We have the utmost respect for Trinity. They’ve been an elite program for the last 15 years. We don’t treat this game any differently. But our guys are cognizant of the fact that this is a big game.”