Dragons looking to rebound from Allen loss once again

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Hal Wasson kept cautioning the Carroll fan base that the one element of his defense he needed solidified was finding two solid safeties.

He preached that message going back to spring football. As much preparation as Carroll hoped to have before it faced No. 1 Allen last Friday, the only way everybody could learn where this part of the defense was going was the hard way.

Allen quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver Cole Carter took advantage of juniors Tariq Gordon and Andy Chelf. Busted coverages resulted in touchdown passes of 88, 74 and 75 yards in the No. 1 Eagles’ runaway 49-27 victory over the No. 5 Dragons.

“No doubt Allen is better than when we played them in Zero Week last year,” Wasson said. “Kyler is good as I’ve ever seen. But we’ll be just fine. Had we won or lost, it wouldn’t have fazed me. I’ve said we’ve got to get more consistent and be disciplined. We have a long way to go.”

It’s no shame losing to Allen, which had seven returning defensive starters and was loaded on the offensive end as well. The Eagles amassed 663 yards of total offense. Yes, 237 came on those big plays, but 426 were accumulated the conventional rout.

But it is the first game, and the Dragons stayed true to their preparation and recovered in 2012. There’s no reason to think they won’t on Friday against Midland Lee.

Rating Agnew

While junior quarterback Ryan Agnew took 239 snaps as a sophomore in 2012, both Wasson and he knew there was a huge difference in taking those snaps in the latter stages of a blowout win over Haltom as opposed to taking them in the first quarter against Allen.

Agnew was 17-of-34 for 223 yards with a touchdown pass and two interceptions. The Eagles converted those mistakes into touchdowns. But in this first start, there were some good things as well. He did help the Carroll offense to score 20 points.

“With Ryan, you just have to keep it in perspective,” Wasson said. “He was probably facing the most talented defense in the state. They’re also the most mature. But he got better every quarter. He’s got to improve on the consistency in his drop and getting the ball out of his hands. I know he’s disappointed but that’s something you’re going to go through.”

Next … Midland Lee

Carroll’s non-district march against talented quarterbacks continues against Midland Lee (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dragon Stadium. Termed the Southwest Showcase, the Rebels jumpstarted their season with a 48-21 victory over El Paso Coronado last Friday. Senior quarterback Caden Coots made his first start and threw for 253 yards five touchdown passes. In 2012, Lee went 6-4 and just missed the playoffs.

The Rebels rolled up 553 yards of total offense but also surrendered 449 yards to Coronado including 236 on the ground. That might be the elixir the Dragons are looking for between Agnew and A.J. Ezzard. Ezzard was limited to only 35 rushing yards against Allen. Don’t be surprised if Coots will test the Carroll secondary.

“If we play like we did against Allen, we’ll lose,” Wasson said. “But I do expect us to make a lot of progress this week.”

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