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Senior Night Send Off vs LD Bell

Nov 03, 2015 03:47PM ● By Mike
by EJ Holland

Southlake Carroll has officially clinched another playoff berth and a first round matchup in Dragon Stadium next week.

The Dragons stormed past Haltom, 59-0  in Week 10 to move to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in district play. After returning just one starter on defense and having to find a new quarterback, Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson said he couldn’t be more proud of this team.

“I’m extremely proud of them,” he said. “They’ve gone through a very rugged schedule and are battle tested. We’ve weathered a lot of storms and have persevered. I’m always proud of this team. I don’t think people understand how hard these guys train."

“I’m proud of our players and our coaches. It’s not easy to live up to the standards here. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

A first round date with Cedar Hill is one of the most anticipated playoff matches in the state, but before Southlake Carroll can begin to think about the Longhorns, it must take care of business in the season finale against Hurst L.D. Bell.

While the Dragons completely dominate on paper, Wasson will not let his team take L.D. Bell lightly.

“They’ve got speed,” Wasson said. “They won the 4x100 in track. They can run the ball. Their head coach (Mike Glaze) came over from Cedar Hill. They are going to give us their best shot. It’s still a district game. It’s the biggest game for us because it’s the next game.”

Still, L.D. Bell is just 1-8 overall — its lone win came over Haltom — and gives up more than 40 points per game. As Wasson mentioned, the Raiders have some speed with dual-threat quarterback Dominique Lawson and running back Ivan Traylor. But the Dragons should cruise in this one.

So what exactly can Southlake Carroll take away from a game like this?

“It a chance to get better,” Wasson said. “It’s that simple. We don’t lower out standards. Nothing changes. We’re a routine team. When you skin it down, we keep the same day-to-day preparation and intensity and hope it parlays into a big win for our seniors on senior night.

“We have guys that have played more and made more plays, but it’s about the entire senior class. We want to send them out the right way. It’s about the team for us.”