Dragons QB near-perfect in win over Texans

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We all know nobody’s perfect, but that didn’t mean Carroll junior quarterback Ryan Agnew wasn’t trying for it last Friday against Justin Northwest.

Agnew went 18-of-19 for 315 yards and five touchdowns in the Dragons’ 63-21 romp of the Texans. He threw four of those scores in the first quarter.

“I just see a quarterback and an offense maturing,” coach Hal Wasson said. “Ryan’s just becoming more confident with his decisions. His focus is better as he continues to grasp things and he’s playing faster. I told somebody a couple of weeks ago that this team was coming. I could see it in the Richland game. They are playing really good.”

For the record, Agnew is completing 70 percent of his passes (120-of-170) for 1,776 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’s thrown only three interceptions and continues to grind it out on the ground with 761 yards and 15 scores.

Carroll has reached or eclipsed 600 yards of total offense three times this season.

National record threatened

Carroll senior place-kicker Drew Brown had the national record for consecutive made PATs at 172 before he had one blocked at Richland two weeks ago. His new streak stands at 14.

But the Nebraska-bound Brown’s record may not stand for long. Class 4A Aledo’s Chance Nevarez could be in line to break it before the regular season is over.

Nevarez is at 141 following the 13 makes he had against Fort Worth Western Hills in the 91-0 Bearcats’ victory. Given that the Bearcats are completely dominating their opponents and have scored 84, 77, 84 and 91 points in their first four district games, Nevarez could break it in November.

These types of streaks, though, don’t reflect how much the snap, placement and blocking impact this.

Newbie learning

When the Carroll defense lost outside linebacker A.J. Copeland for the season to a torn ACL a couple of weeks ago, the coaches turned to senior Matt Miller (6-1, 210) to take Copeland’s spot.

That’s not as easy as it sounds, because Miller switched from inside to outside. Inside linebackers are more used to running downhill, with their lateral movement limited depending on how the defense lines up.

Outside linebackers have to be much more agile by being able to move swiftly from sideline to sideline. They have to be better at taking angles and getting to the perimeter. So far, Wasson likes what he has seen from Miller.

“He’s done really well for us,” Wasson said. “There’s still some more learning to do, but he’s made some nice plays. He’s an athletic kid and very strong. He’s fun to watch.”

For Copeland, a problem with built-up scar tissue from an incident several years ago created the injury Sept. 27 in the District 4-5A opener against Keller Central.

About Keller

The Dragons can clinch a playoff berth should they beat the Indians (4-3, 1-3) who visit at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dragon Stadium.

Keller enjoyed a quick 3-0 non-district start. However, consecutive 4-5A losses to Justin Northwest, Keller Fossil Ridge and Keller Central put their playoff hopes in jeopardy. Brothers Sione (senior), a linebacker, and Tristan Teuhema (junior), an offensive tackle, have both verbally committed to Texas. Quarterback Hunter McEachern has thrown for 1,109 yards and nine touchdowns. Running back Dalton Mills has been slowed lately. He’s only had 18 total carries in the last two weeks.

The game can be heard on The Word 100.7 FM, with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m.

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