Dragons Fall to Tulsa Union in Season Opener
Aug 29, 2016 10:02AM ● Published by Mike
Kole Ramage kicks a 54-yard FG at Dragon Stadium in the season opener against Tulsa Union on Friday August 26, 2016. Photo by S. Johnson SnappedDragons.com
Eventually the rains gave way to some great weather but that may have been where the good news ended for Dragon fans on Friday night. Hal Wasson’s team fell to Oklahoma’s top ranked Redskins of Tulsa Union in a season opening 21-10 loss.
The Dragons hit the scoreboard first with an impressive 54-yd field goal from senior Kole Ramage. With early momentum on their side John Miscoll (12 tackles) and Robert Barnes (10 tackles) led the Dragon defense in holding the Warriors scoreless through the majority of the first half. The Redskins did cap a lengthy touchdown drive just seconds before the end horn to go into the locker room with a 7-3 half-time lead.
The Redskins defense came to play holding the Dragon’s running game to a mere 77 yards on 36 attempts. The Dragons leading rusher, Audricke Gains ran for 36 yards and a TD but it took him 14 carries. Fellow senior Jack Johansson added 30 yards on 12 carries.
With a limited ground game, Mason Holmes was regularly put into pressure situations. Holmes completed just 13 of 27 passes (48%) while throwing an uncharacteristic two interceptions. Jackson Davis showed his mettle with an impressive 97 yards receiving on four catches to lead all receivers and take home First Financial Bank Player of the Week honors.
Holmes counterpart, Grady Davenport passed for 123 yards and two scores. He also caught the Dragons on a quarterback draw for 77 yards that made up the majority of his 96 yards rushing for the game.
Next up, the Dragons will take on the Arlington MartinWarriors (1-0) who defeated Dallas Skyline 55-7 in their season opener. Junior RB Juma Otoviano rushed for 122 yards and 2 TDs on just 12 carries to pace the Warriors vaunted rushing attack.