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Dragons Shut Out McKinney 42-0

Nov 18, 2017 09:41PM ● By Mike

Nov 17 - TJ McDaniel heads for the end zone for one of is five touchdowns in a 42-0 victory over McKinney at Dragon Stadium. Photo by S.Johnson/

As the bi-district round of the 2017 playoffs kicked off at Dragon Stadium on Friday all eyes were upon the return of TJ McDaniel. He would square off against McKinney’s star Matt Gadek in a battle featuring two of the area’s top running backs. 
Many thought McDaniel, who missed the final two games of the regular season, would need to shake off a little rust before hitting his groove. The only things he shook off were Lion defenders as the Dragon PridePlayer of the Week busted out for 316-yards and five touchdowns in a lopsided 42-0 victory.
Will Bowers had another one of his efficient nights throwing 14-16 for 151-yards and a touchdown to his favorite scoring receiver RJ Mickens. Mickens, the two-way star, has made a name for himself as a scoring threat any time he’s targeted. The Bowers-to-Mickens connection has occurred just eight times on the season, but six of them have been for touchdowns. 
The scoring punch was expected from the Dragons who have averaged nearly 37 points per game this season. However, the biggest news came as the Dragons relatively young defense showed its maturity in pitching its first shutout of the year.
Nov. 17- The Dragon defense (#39 Matty Werner) swarms RB Matt Gadek during a 42-0 victory over McKinney at Dragon Stadium. Photo by S.Johnson/

Led by defensive captains Matty Werner and Ryan Thompson, who combined for 25 tackles, the Dragons held Gadek, a 2,000+ yard rusher, to just 61-yards on 21 carries. On the night, the Dragons held the Lions in check giving up just 146-yards of total offense.
All signs are showing Hal Wasson’s club to be peaking at the right time. They now advance to play the DeSoto Eagles (10-1) in the Area round. The game, which pits the Dragons against the team who knocked them out of the playoffs last year, will be played on November 25 at the Star in Frisco