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Week 8 Preview: Dragons @ FM Marcus

Oct 14, 2016 09:07AM ● Published by Mike

by EJ Holland

Southlake Carroll is starting to fire on all cylinders.

The Dragons have won five straight games since dropping their opener against Tulsa Union and appear poised to win yet another district title.

Dragon QB Mason Holmes had a stellar game in week 7 vs Lewisville. Will he have a repeat performance vs the Marauders?

In fact, Head Coach Hal Wasson's team has surged to No. 9 in the 6A AP state poll, while fellow district powerhouse Euless Trinity dropped to No. 16 after falling to Trophy Club Byron Nelson in one of the state’s biggest upsets last week.

“We’ve talked about building momentum, and I think there are a lot things that go along with that,” said Wasson. “Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been playing with more confidence. We’ve been having more fun. When you have fun, you start feeling good about yourself.

“They’ve been a more focused group because of their preparation skills. They know they can always sharpen them. It’s a building process, and we’re not taking any shortcuts.”

That building process will continue this Friday when Southlake Carroll hits the road to face a tough Flower Mound Marcus team.

The Marauders lost plenty of talent from last year’s team, including tight end Kaden Smith (Stanford) and defensive end Andrew Fitzgerald (Texas), but have grown up in a hurry and sit at 4-2 overall.

However, with youth comes mental mistakes.  Flower Mound Marcus flexed its muscles early in the season by knocking off Mansfield but turned around lost to Lewisville by 30 points. The Marauders regained some confidence last week with a win over Hebron.

“They have a good team,” Wasson said. “They play even better at home. They beat Mansfield. They got a good win over Hebron. It’s going to be a tall task for us, especially on the road.”

Flower Mound Marcus has been stellar on offense, averaging 38 points per game. The Marauders run a balanced attack — dual-threat quarterback Michael Henry has compiled more than 1,000 yards of total offense, while running back Justin Dinka has rushed for 1,005 yards on the year.

On the flip side of the ball, the Marauders have given up 35 points per game. Despite their defensive struggles, they do boast a tough defensive line.

“Their defensive front has been stingy,” Wasson said. “They limited Kennedy Brooks from Mansfield to a low output. On offense, they have a good running game. They have a tall quarterback that can deliver it. They have a lot of good stuff going on offensively.

 “It’s going to be a tough one. We have to be ready.” 

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