Dragons rebound, face another big test

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The conventional wisdom in football is that a team makes its greatest improvement between its first and second games.

Well, that might an understatement with Carroll. The Dragons erased the disappointment of the season opening 49-27 loss to Allen with a 63-14 thumping of Midland Lee in the Southwest Showcase last Friday at Dragon Stadium.

The Dragons executed very well on offense. Quarterback Ryan Agnew completed 75 percent of his passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. He also didn’t make any mistakes with his decisions as he didn’t have an interception. Agnew’s night finished after Carroll’s second possession of the third quarter.

“As the games go by, the faster he can play,” Carroll head coach Hal Wasson said.

Without running back E.J. Ezzard for the most part – more about him later – Carroll still rushed for 312 yards. Clearly, Lee is not anywhere close to what Allen is. But on the flipside, the Dragons manhandled a team where they had the advantage.

“We didn’t have the mistakes that we made against Allen,” Wasson said. “You’re never as bad or as good as you think you are. But we did some very good things. It was a good win for us. We needed that. We needed to respond after the Allen game.”

Turnover problem

One game – it can happen. Two games will start raising some eyebrows. Three games, and there’s a concern. We’re not at the third game yet but it’s coming up.

For the second straight week, the Dragons were guilty of committing multiple turnovers and now have six for the season. They committed two against Allen on Agnew interceptions. They had four against Midland Lee as they lost all three of their fumbles and threw an interception well after the game had been decided.

And they are in the negative ratio in that important number. Carroll is minus-2, having collected four miscues.

“In two of the fumbles, the helmet made contact with the ball and knocked it out,” Wasson said. “We’re like everybody else. We’re going to through the ball drills and keep enhancing the idea that we have to take care of the ball.”

On the road to Waco facing Temple

Carroll’s final non-district test will come at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waco’s Floyd Casey Stadium against the Temple Wildcats (1-1). The 2012 meeting was played at Cowboys Stadium.

Temple features 2015 standout dual threat quarterback and Baylor commit Chad President, who has collected nearly 800 yards through the first two games. He’s a little more raw than Allen’s Kyler Murray because this year is his first year to start.

“They’re very good offensively,” Wasson said. “They’ve had some breakdowns on defense but we have still have to be ready defensively.”

Notable

Running back senior E.J. Ezzard (ankle) had only four carries against Midland Lee before suffering his injury. He could have returned, but with the score out of hand, Wasson decided to keep him off the field … Senior wide receiver Ryan Weigel is out until early October because of an undisclosed injury … Junior wide receiver Patrick Fantriss (ankle) should be able to play Friday … Wasson made a change with his offensive line, moving senior Drew Jakala to right guard and junior Grant Stewart to the second team.

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