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Week 11 Preview: Dragons set to down Hawks on Senior Night

Nov 04, 2016 09:40AM ● By Mike
by EJ Holland

Southlake Carroll looked like, well, a lot like Southlake Carroll of the past.

Despite losing star defensive back and wide receiver Robert Barnes, the Dragons played with purpose last week and notched a dominant 45-7 win over L.D. Bell to extend their winning streak to eight.

“It was a great win for us,” Wasson said. “I thought it was our most complete game on offense and defense. We’ve been improving all throughout the season, and we’re starting to see it all pay off for us. It was an important win.”

Now, Southlake Carroll has an opportunity to win an outright district title for the fifth time in the last six years.

“It would be big for a program,” Wasson said. “I’m proud for our guys to have the opportunity to do it at home. It would be a testament to the work we’ve put in. We set that goal at the beginning of the year, and now, we have a chance to reach it.”

Standing in Southlake Carroll’s way is Hebron. The Hawks are currently 7-2 overall and 5-1 in district play, which means they can earn a share of the title with a win on Friday night.

Hebron boasts an explosive spread offense that averages 33 points per game. Junior quarterback Clayton Tune is considered one of the area’s best signal-callers and has passed for 2,021 yards and 17 touchdowns.

“It’s good for us because we’re going to face a challenge before the playoffs,” Wasson said. “Our defense is going to be tested. Their quarterback is the best quarterback we’ve faced so far. Their receivers will be tough to cover. They can also run the ball.”

On the flip side of the ball, Hebron has been a bit inconsistent. The Hawks are averaging around 24 points allowed per game and have allowed opponents to score more than 30 points in two of their last four contests.

Southlake Carroll’s best bet might be running the football. Hebron has a solid secondary led by junior cornerback Verone McKinley III, who already holds more than 20 FBS offers.

“I think the key for us is going to be getting the run game going,” Wasson said. “We have to be more physical up front. If there is an area we can improve, it’s at wide receiver. They need to step up as well. 

“This game is going to be a challenge for everybody.”