Dragons working to meet their own expectations

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The elephant in the room for District 4-5A isn’t so much who can meet the Carroll Dragons’ standard of play but if this team is continually meeting its own standards.

Of course, the Dragons can’t walk into any of its last six games overconfident. Rarely have you seen a Carroll team do that.

Carroll, ranked No. 8 in the state Class 5A rankings, took care of things quickly against Keller Central last Friday and walked away with a 59-3 victory. By the second series of the third quarter, the starters were out. And the Dragons (3-1, 1-0) will be the prohibitive favorites Thursday night when they take on Keller Fossil Ridge at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex.

“We always keep the focus on ourselves,” coach Hal Wasson said. “The emphasis is always on our team and staying the course with the way we are doing things. We have to keep asking ourselves if we are getting better or not.”

Quarterback Ryan Agnew’s growth continues to be week-to-week pursuit. He was really sharp completing 17-of-20 attempts. That raised his season completion rate to 63 percent. The junior has not thrown in an interception since the two he threw in the opener against Allen.

Last week, Wasson talked about how Agnew’s pocket presence developed during the bye week. That definitely took more steps forward against the Chargers.

“Like those other great Carroll quarterbacks, they do tend to get better as they grow,” Wasson said. “A lot of his passes were him going through the progressions and his ability to take what he sees is really important.”

With the 7 p.m. Thursday kickoff at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Wasson changed the schedule. The typical heavy Wednesday work day was Tuesday. Wednesday served as the walk-through.

More running back depth

A lot of attention has been paid to senior running back A.J. Ezzard’s ankle, which is now pretty much healthy.

Truth be told, Wasson probably wasn’t all that concerned because of the depth that’s been established. The Dragons have used a pair of sophomores in Grant McFarlin and Lil’Jordan Humphrey.

McFarlin has rushed for 166 yards and averaged 8.7 yards per carry. Humphrey has rushed for 141 yards and averaged 4.4 yards per carry. So don’t be alarmed if Ezzard has rushed for only 134 yards. Wasson didn’t play either against Allen.

“Both of them have pretty good vision, but they are still a work in progress,” Wasson said. “The one element of their game that still has to come is their blocking. But I’m really high on both of them and what they can do over the next couple of years.”

About Keller Timber Creek

The Falcons (1-3, 0-1) come into this game after dropping their 4-5A opener at Haltom, 24-17. The program was rocked when running back Cedric Dale transferred to Lewisville Hebron during the spring.

That really changed the way coach Kevin Golden and his staff had to approach the offense. Amos Lindsay is a solid running back, averaging a little more than five yards per carry. Quarterback Anthony Millsap completes about half of his passes.

Timber Creek has struggled to score, averaging 16 points per game.

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