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Dragons Move Haltom Game Up To Avoid Weather

Oct 28, 2015 04:13PM ● By Mike

After the rain postponed Friday's game, Southlake Carroll runs out on Saturday night to play the Panthers of Colleyville Heritage. Southlake won decisively 49-14 at Dragon Stadium. Photo by S. Johnson/

by EJ Holland

Waves after waves of thunderstorms pounded the Dallas-area last weekend, forcing a number of high school football games to be rescheduled, including Southlake Carroll vs. Colleyville Heritage.

Originally scheduled for Friday, the matchup took place 24 hours later. After suffering its first district loss in five years, the Dragons overcame the adversity of the defeat, weather and an early 14-point deficit to top Colleyville Heritage, 49-14.

“The weather was crazy, for sure,” said head coach Hal Wasson said. “But we prepared our team for a wet, nasty game. They came back and fought hard. I was really proud. Losing a heartbreaker is tough to get over, but we were able to jump back up and go. You have to respond and rebound in this league.”

Weather conditions won’t get much better this weekend as most area high schools, including Southlake Carroll, have moved their games from Friday up to Thursday  The move means Wasson’s team will have one less day to prepare for the Haltom Buffalos. 

Despite the short week one thing is for certain — the Dragons will be ready.

“You can’t control all the obstacles on the field, and weather is one of them,” Wasson said. “You have to be ready to play when it’s windy, when it’s rainy and when it’s hot. We feel like we’re a balanced football team. We can run the football and we can throw the football. If we were one-dimensional, it might be a different story.”

With just two weeks left in the season and a playoff berth virtually clinched, Wasson has the tall task of keeping his team focused on the current week rather than the postseason.

Simply put, Haltom is not a very good football team. The Buffalos are 1-9 on the season and winless in district play.

“We’ve always taken the attitude of respect all opponents and fear none,” Wasson said. “We know Haltom is going to give us their best game. We just have to keep the focus on ourselves and continue to get better.”

Haltom is averaging just 15 points per game and is giving up more than 40 points per contest. If there is a bright spot on the team it’s athlete JQ Reed, who leads the Buffalos with more than 700 yards of offense and three touchdowns.

But Wasson said he’s a little more concerned with Haltom’s defense, especially with another stormy night on the horizon. 

“They like to bring pressure,” Wasson said. “We have to pick up blitzes and sustain blocks. And we have to treat this game like any other game, really.”