Dragons Set Sights on Lewisville
Oct 04, 2016 02:16PM ● Published by Mike
Southlake Carroll is coming off its biggest win of the season and arguably one of the biggest wins in the Hal Wasson era.
The Dragons made a statement on Friday as they knocked off district rival Euless Trinity, 42-28. The victory has built up plenty of momentum heading into the final stretch of the regular season.
“It was a big victory,” Wasson said. “There is no doubt about that. We had our best week of preparation. I think our players understand the intense mechanical and game speed preparation. Hopefully, this win will springboard us towards more wins. We have to keep the momentum going.”
Too often, teams have letdown games after huge victories. And Friday’s road contest against Lewisville serves as somewhat of a trap game.
Despite losing 49 lettermen from a year ago, the Farmers are 3-2, have home field advantage and are coming off an eye-opening 41-14 rout of Flower Mound Marcus — their first win over the Marauders in almost a decade.
Still, Wasson expects his team to be prepared and to continue to play its best football.
“It will only be a trap game if we’re immature,” Wasson said. “From watching this team train, I believe this team is going to respond. But it’s going to come down to leadership and preparation. I don’t anticipate a drop off. “
Last week, Southlake Carroll loaded up the box and emphasized stopping a run-heavy Euless Trinity team. This time around, the secondary, and the Dragons’ pass defense as a whole, will be tested.
Lewisville runs a spread attack and is averaging close to 30 points per game. The Farmers have one of the most dangerous weapons in the state in Alabama wide receiver commit Tyrell Shavers, who stands at 6-foot-6 and runs a 4.38 forty (yard dash).
“Shavers represents a big challenge,” Wasson said. “But it’s not just about him. Their offensive line has been playing well. They have an outstanding running back. As I told our players, it’s the biggest game of the year because it’s the next game.”
On the opposite side of the coin, Lewisville has been solid on defense, surrendering just 22.6 points per game. The Farmers are particularly strong up front and have a great playmaker on the back end in Matthew Kibbey.
“Their front seven has been very successful,” Wasson said. “They have seen a lot of improvement. They are very talented and fast all over. They are just a very stingy defense.
“It’s like I told our team, we’re 2-0 in district, but that’s old news. The new news is we’re playing Lewisville. The best news is we can still grow and get better.”