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Next Up for the Blond and Black Attack: Denton Guyer

Nov 17, 2015 09:06AM ● By Mike
by EJ Holland

Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson is no stranger to bizarre endings.

While there was no silver fox involved this time around, the ending to Southlake Carroll’s first round 37-33 win over Cedar Hill was interesting to say the least.

On the first play of Cedar Hill’s final drive, the Longhorns saw an errant snap go through the back of the end zone — Southlake Carroll was rewarded a safety and subsequently won the game.

It was the only points Southlake Carroll scored in the second half against the 6A Division II state champions.

“Anytime you’re that close to the end zone, crazy things can happen,” Wasson said. “I’m not sure why. There was about a two second time lapse where I couldn’t believe what happened. But it’s like I told our players after the game, that old stadium will tell you things if they listen.”

While Wasson and the Dragons certainly enjoyed the surreal feeling, it’s time to get back to business. As Wasson put it, the win was merely a “guaranteed contract for another 48 minutes of football.”

That will come against Denton Guyer in Allen on Friday night  The Wildcats finished the season with a 8-3 overall mark and are coming off a 41-26 win over Hebron in bi-district play. The two last met in last season's 6A Division II Area Round where the Dragons won 58-42 behind 182 yards rushing from Lil'Jordan Humphrey.

What’s made Denton Guyer so good this year is its ability to run the football. The Wildcats average an eye-popping 315.6 yards on the ground per game. Leading the way is star junior dual-threat quarterback Shawn Robinson, a TCU commit.

“It’s the same song second verse,” Wasson said. “They have an electric offense with a great quarterback. He’s a phenomenal player. They also have three good running backs and a good offensive line. We’re going to have our hands full.”

Denton Guyer hasn’t been too shabby on defense either. The Wildcats give up just 24.2 points per game. But the Southlake Carroll offense has been clicking as of late, and Wasson is fully confident in his array of playmakers.

“Defensively, they run well, and they play really hard,” Wasson said. “They’re very well coached. We have to keep distributing the ball. LJ (Lil’ Jordan Humhrey) is one of our playmakers, and Shemar (Coleman), Zach (Farrar) and Mason (Holmes) have all been getting better. They can make things happen.”

Watching Southlake Carroll might not be for the faint of heart, but the Dragons aren’t out don’t care how they win — getting that W is the only thing that matters.

“Anytime you get a win at this time of year, it’s monumental,” Wasson said. “I’m proud of the passion and effort our team has put forth. Now, we have to keep playing hard against another good opponent.”