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Dragons Focus On Familiar Foe in Colleyville Heritage

Oct 20, 2015 09:35AM ● Published by Mike

By EJ Holland

Southlake Carroll isn’t used to losing district games.

In fact, it had been five years since the Dragons dropped a league game. But the streak of 29 consecutive victories came to a halt against Euless Trinity in a heartbreaking 37-35 loss

 So will the Dragons be able to recover and put it behind them? The simple answer is yes. Southlake Carroll lost its opener to Austin Westlake on the game’s final play and proceeded to win five games in a row.

“The Trinity loss will make us better,” said Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson. “There are winners and there are learners. We like to look at the glass as half full. We’re going to have some intense practices this week and be ready to go on Friday.”

Southlake Carroll returns to Dragon Stadium to take on ColleyvilleHeritage  The Panthers are 4-3 overall and 2-1 in district play and enter this contest with a ton of confidence after dismantling Haltom and L.D. Bell in back-to-back weeks.

The Panthers feature a potent offense that returns six starters from a year ago as well as junior quarterback Cam Roane, who transferred in from Grapevine Faith this offseason. Out of its Power Gun formation, Colleyville Heritage is averaging 35 points per game.

Most of Colleyville Heritage’s damage has come through the air — Roane has passed for 1,823 yards and 18 touchdowns — which means the Southlake Carroll secondary will be tested.

“We know they’ve been productive offensively,” Wasson said. “We just have to tackle better and prevent the big play. Nothing ever changes. We know our strengths, and we know we have to play with more energy.”

That goes for the offensive side of the ball as well. Coleyville Heritage’s defense, led by Boise State cornerback commit Reid Harrison-Ducros, has been inconsistent this season but allowed just 10 points in its last two games.

“We have to move the chains,” Wasson said. “We have to do what we do and focus on ourselves. We have to be physical in the run game. Most importantly, we have to be on the attack. Our offense should always be on the attack.”

Wasson added that his team takes pride in Dragon Football and is fully focused on the task at hand.

“The Trinity game is over,” Wasson said. “If we go into this game feeling sorry for ourselves, it’s not going to go well.”

Read about last season's matchup against Colleyville Heritage: Dragons Punish Panthers - Oct 27, 2014 12:25PM

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