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Dragons Make Way for District Play

Sep 22, 2016 10:32AM ● By Mike
by EJ Holland

Southlake Carroll is coming off a much needed bye week where the Dragons used the time off to get healthy, improve some areas of weakness and get better overall.

“We tried to enhance some things,” said head coach Hal Wasson. “We wanted to get better in certain areas. We worked on those things. We’ve had seven or eight guys out, so we are working on getting them back. But we just used it to get better.”

Now, Southlake Carroll is set to enter the second season — otherwise known as district play. The Dragons currently sit at 2-1 after falling to Tulsa Union and bouncing back with victories over Arlington Martin and Rockwall.

Southlake Carroll's experienced defense is giving up fewer than 20 points per game, and the offense gradually showed signs of improvement as the non-district slate ran its course.

“I think early on we were trying to find our identity,” Wasson said. “They kind of know who they are now and are starting to spread their wings. I like where this team is and how hard they are working. Now, it’s about finding that mental edge. That Dragon mentality.”

Southlake Carroll’s first district test will come on the road on Friday night when the Dragons take on the Jaguars of Flower Mound HS who enter district play at 1-2.

Flower Mound been a district bottom-feeder for years and is coming off a one-win campaign. But the tide might be turning in the Jaguars’ favor. Flower Mound has a new attitude and swagger thanks to first-year head coach Brian Basil.

With Basil at the helm, the Jaguars already matched last year’s win total and played close games against Keller Fossil Ridge and Keller Timber Creek. Wasson made it clear that Southlake Carroll will not underestimate its opponent.

“We’re both 0-0 again,” Wasson said. “You have to stress that with your team. Flower Mound is coming in with a rejuvenated attitude. They are going to start the game hot and strong. We have to weather the storm and get to work. The pressure is magnified in district play.”

While the Jaguars have struggled defensively, the offense, led by junior quarterback Jackson Averitt, is averaging an impressive 37 points per game.

“We have to play great defense,” Wasson said. “They have really good skill guys. They run a good, balanced spread attack. They are going to try to dink and dunk on us. We have to be disciplined. Offensively, we have to be disciplined as well and limit mistakes. We expect a hostile environment.” 

Cade Bell post game interview with Friday Night Glory.