Dragons look to maintain intensity

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Carroll football coach Hal Wasson continues to talk about playing with intensity. At times, the Dragons (5-1, 3-0 in District 4-5A) have it and look like they’re a team that will blow away the competition.

At times, they don’t bring it, and it shows. Carroll has the talent level to get away with it against the likes of Keller Timber Creek. But the Dragons won’t be able to against DeSoto. Witness the following in Friday’s 48-9 victory over Richland:

•  Four turnovers, including one interception (Wasson said that call was his fault).

•  A fumble on a punt that came with the wind on a knuckleball.

•  A fumble on the sidelines.

•  A blocked extra point attempt that was returned for two points.

•  Despite holding the Rebels to 196 yards, the defense forced no turnovers.

“To me, intensity is big and that’s one of the things that we have to correct,” Wasson said. “That’s a focus and maturity thing. There are just things that come with the season.”

Still, the Dragons were pretty impressive rolling over 600 total offensive yards for the third time this season. Despite throwing his first interception in six weeks, Ryan Agnew’s development continues to impress. He’s improved his completion percentage to 67.1.

Timian’s growth

If you want to know about Luke Timian’s dedication, look no further than this past summer when it was family vacation time.

Knowing that this was the time for the senior wide receiver to make the most of his last year, he chose to stay home and come to the Carroll weight room. Of course, coaches can only encourage players to come to summer workouts, not force them. In Timian’s case, there appeared to be no option.

So far, Timian (6-2, 190) has emerged as the go-to wide receiver on this offense, with 33 receptions for 566 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2012, he had 38 receptions for 677 yards and seven scores. Timian should blow away those numbers by the time his senior year has finished.

“His leadership has been so important for us,” Wasson said. “He’s always been a good player. But he practices with a purpose. He’s very competitive and I think that’s why he chose to work every day than go on vacation.”

What Wasson doesn’t get is how college programs are overlooking him. Wasson said Timian has 4.5 speed and would be a nice fit anywhere with a need. If that does happen at the Division I level, it would have to be late when programs are trying to fill their remaining 2014 spots.

“A lot of people are missing the boat,” he said. “There are some things you can’t measure in recruiting. I just tell players about recruiting, that they can’t control it but they can influence it.”

About Justin Northwest

The Texans (5-1, 2-1) looked at Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game the Northwest ISD Complex as a potential district championship showdown. But they were handled by Keller Fossil Ridge two weeks ago, 28-10. Still, Northwest should make the playoffs. Northwest is led by quarterback Jesse Drummer, who has thrown for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Texans offense has scored 31 or more points in four games. Dennis Adrole has rushed for 526 yards and eight TDs.

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