Coach: Hal Wasson
Last season: 12-2 (7-0 in District 4-5A), lost 49-45 to DeSoto in Division I regional final
Key players: QB Ryan Agnew (6-1, 185); RB A.J. Ezzard (5-9, 190); OL Evan Brown (6-3, 290); DL Nash Dickey (5-10, 240); DL A.J. Tolbert (6-0, 245); LB Steven Bergmark (6-0, 220); LB J.B. Copeland (6-3, 195); WR Luke Timian (6-1, 190); WR Ryan Weigel (5-6, 155); K Drew Brown (5-10, 160)
The big picture: Star quarterback Kenny Hill graduated and is now at Texas A&M. In steps junior Ryan Agnew, who makes his first start Friday against defending state champ Allen. Agnew will have plenty of weapons at his disposal, beginning with three-year starter A.J. Ezzard at running back. Coach Hal Wasson says the receiving corps might be the best group he’s ever had. The offensive line is a work in progress as standout Evan Brown is the lone returning starter. Carroll’s defensive front should be among the best in the area, anchored by Nash Dickey, a three-year starter at nose guard. Joining him on the line will be veteran A.J. Tolbert and 6-foot-2, 275-pound junior King Newton. The linebackers are accomplished veterans who have seen it all. Cornerback Adaryan Jones, who broke up 22 passes last season, will look to steady an inexperienced, but talented secondary. The Dragons will also feature one of the top kicking games around with Nebraska commit Drew Brown. Carroll has the talent for another deep playoff run, but fair or not, it’s state title or bust every year in Southlake.
Quotable: “We’re very confident in Ryan Agnew and his abilities and I know our team is very confident in him. He’s going to fall in a long line of quarterbacks we’ve had here that have a great work ethic and are great leaders.” — Coach Hal Wasson
“It’s my senior year so it’s really unexplainable how excited I am. I’m thinking about it every day. I went home today and tried to take a nap but couldn’t because I was just thinking about it.” — DL Nash Dickey
Notable: The Dragons have won five state championships since 2002 and a UIL record-tying (with Celina) eight overall.
— Jarret Johnson
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