Dragons Travel to Oklahoma Powerhouse in Season Opener
Sep 01, 2017 10:41AM ● Published by Mike
Earlier this week CISD announced the reduction in travel plans for many of the Dragon's key supporters. Nevertheless, Hal Wasson and his team will head out of state to kick off the 2017 season schedule traveling north to take on traditional Oklahoma power Broken Arrow.
While Friday will serve as the opener for the Dragons, Arrow already has a game under its belt after falling to reigning state champ Tulsa Union Saturday in the GEICO ESPN High School Kickoff, 26-15.
Carroll head coach Hal Wasson is anticipating a firm challenge and is excited for not only what he will see on the field, but for the experience of traveling and playing in a tough environment.
“It’s going to be a good gauge and we are going to be tested,” he said. “No pun intended, but we’re going to have to go up there and weather the storm. We have to travel five hours, will have a light traveling party and are going into a hostile environment. It will be great to see how we react to all of those things.”
On the field, Wasson noted the Dragons will be facing a team sound on the ground and in the trenches. “They’re a very physical team,” he said. “I would say their strength is their running game and we’re going to see a lot of power football and sweeps. And they have a very good defensive end and are strong up front as well.”
This could play into the Dragon’s defensive strength as they return three All District performers within their front seven. Senior defensive lineman Jacob Doddridge will be a physical presence in stopping the run at 6’-3”, 220 pounds. Matty Werner, the team’s leading returning tackler from a year ago (89), will team up with Ryan Thompson to spearhead a formidable corp of linebackers.
The Dragons will enter the game in good health and with a solid feel for how the depth chart is shaking out, but Wasson said there is still competition in many areas.
“We’re seasoned in some spots and are very green in others, but it’s been fun to watch them grow up so far,” he said. “It’s really one of things that you don’t know what you have until you know. Where are we at in terms of conditioning and things like that … you won’t know till you get out there and play and we’ll find out a lot on Friday.”