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Dragons Homecoming Hosts to Byron Nelson

Oct 21, 2016 10:25AM ● By Mike
by EJ Holland

It’s hard to believe, but the Texas high school football season is at the midway point.

With only eight left weeks until the state title games in AT&T Stadium in December, Southlake Carroll is preparing to take part in its most important games of the year.

Luckily for the Dragons, they are playing some of the best football in the state. Head Coach Hal Wasson and the Dragons have won six in a row since dropping the season opener to Tulsa Union and are outscoring opponents by an average of 35-17. 

“I thought going in that our offensive line and defensive lines would be a strength for us and so far so good,” Wasson said. “Our skill positions and our secondary continue to improve each week. Really, we are improving together each week.

“That excites me because it means the team is getting hungry. I’m most excited about the culture of Dragon football. That’s what helps us. It’s not just about what we do but how we do it.”

Dragon Quarterback Mason Holmes has been gaining momentum in recent weeks. The senior captain has thrown 9 of his 10 TDs on the season in the past three games and shows now signs of letting up.

Another team starting to gain momentum is this week’s opponent.

After starting the season 0-5, Byron Nelson has rebounded with two huge victories over Euless Trinity, which was one of the biggest upsets of the season statewide, and Lewisville.

“They are definitely playing at their best,” Wasson said. “They were a playoff team last year. They have won a couple of big games over the last two weeks. They certainly have our undivided attention. 

After giving up an average of 44.6 points per contest in their first five games, Bryron Nelson’s defense, led by defensive tackle Tristan Allen, has stepped up in a big way, holding Lewisville and Euless Trinity to 21 and 20 points, respectively.

“I think they are playing more consistent on defense,” Wasson said. “They are getting more turnovers and capitalizing on them. They seem to be playing with more energy and more confidence.”

Byron Nelson has also found a groove on offense. The Bobcats like to throw early and often out of their spread attack and feature two dangerous wide receivers in Tyler Milliken and Pascal Mondombo, who have combined for 1,289 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.

“They throw the ball around extremely well,” Wasson said. “They’ve come up with some big plays. They have more confidence. The key for us is limiting the big play. That’s where it all starts on defense for us. We have to be disciplined.” 

The Dragon defense will have to once again show off its stopping power behind such notable names as; captains Barrett Buck and Robert Barnes, leading tackler John Miscoll (67), and sack leaders Eric Spitler and Luke Jeter (3 each).