Football Insider: Southlake Carroll kicker keeps focus on winning

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When Southlake Carroll coach Hal Wasson recently read about Aledo kicker Chance Nevarez’s pursuit to break the national high school record for consecutive PATs made, it got him to thinking about his own kicker, senior Drew Brown.

Wasson was confident that Brown had made more than the standing record of 134 consecutive extra-point kicks over the course of his career with the Dragons. (Nevarez’s current streak is at 141.) Wasson asked the team’s kicking coach to look into it, and sure enough, Brown put together a string of 172 consecutive PATs, but the total was never reported to the National Federation of State High School Associations, which maintains such records.

Ironically, it was just two weeks ago that Brown missed for the first time since late in his sophomore season of 2011. Statistics from Southlake Carroll show that Brown hit the final 39 PATs of his sophomore year, followed by a perfect junior season of 97 made of 97 attempted, and then converted the first 36 of this season.

Wasson said as word began to spread that Brown might have stake to the record, Drew never brought it up.

“Drew never mentioned it to me, he didn’t say a word,” Wasson said. “The only stat he’s interested in is winning the next game. He’s just that kind of kid. He’s got the perfect demeanor as a kicker. He never mentioned it; I mentioned it to him.”

Brown is the brother of former NFL kicker Kris Brown, who also played at Carroll, and has been offered a full scholarship to Nebraska, where he has committed to play.

The UIL website offers a form to submit claims to records, but it’s unclear if anybody from Carroll will pursue the record.

As for Wasson, he fears he may have been indirectly responsible for ending Brown’s streak at the Oct. 11 Richland game, because it happened just after he started looking into Drew Brown’s numbers.

Wasson said, “Literally the next game after I made that call, that the ball wasn’t on the tee [and Brown missed] and I thought, ‘Well, I guess I jinxed that deal because we never talked about it and the game after we see it and talk about it, we miss our first extra point.’”

Doubling down

With a victory this week, Arlington Seguin (5-2, 3-1 District 15-4A) can double its win total from last season.

It can also likely cement the team a playoff berth — the school’s first in four years. Not bad for a team that some publications expected to finish seventh in its eight-team district. Coach Carlos Lynn thinks there’s a primary reason for this season’s turnaround.

“A lot more discipline,” he said. “We have 33 seniors on this team that have been with this program since they were in the seventh grade and all six of my years of being a head coach, so they truly bought into some of the things that we’ve been preaching, like discipline, accountability, selflessness — these kids really epitomize all of those things.”

While the Cougars, who play Mansfield Legacy (6-1, 3-1) on Friday, have been surprising to fans, they’re also surprising their coach at times.

“Our ability to overcome adversity has been very uplifting,” Lynn said. “In past years we haven’t had the moxie to overcome some things. We’ve been put in some pretty crazy situations throughout this season and our kids have found ways to overcome some of those things, so that’s been the biggest surprise for us.

“We feel like we’re always in a ball game. Our kids have a never-say-die attitude until the end of the game — though four quarters. That’s been a pleasant surprise, that we’ve been able to fight through some tough situations that in the past we probably just crumbled in those type of situations.”

Lynn is hoping the Cougars have not yet reached their peak, however.

“As good as things look sometimes, there’s always some stuff you can work on. And as bad as things look sometimes there’s always some good in it. We just have to find a way to get better each week. We definitely haven’t arrived yet. I think there’s a lot left in our tank.”

Tops in Keller ISD

Entering the season, Keller Central coach Bart Helsley assumed his defense would be a strong point for his team. The Chargers (4-3, 3-1 District 4-5A) proved him right in a crucial district win last week against Keller Fossil Ridge.

Fossil Ridge was averaging more than 40 points per game, but Central limited the Panthers to only 9 points and a season-low 141 yards.

“The kids had opportunities to make some plays and they did that,” Helsley said. “It was truly a defensive battle, for sure.”

The victory left the Chargers in a tie with Fossil Ridge for second place in 4-5A; it also made them the unofficial KISD champions, having secured victories against Fossil Ridge, Keller and Timber Creek.

“I think it’s inconsequential overall,” Helsley said. “Obviously, you want to beat the other teams in the school district. There’s always something to that, you can’t deny it. But at the beginning of the year you’re trying to win all of them. You know that playing those three games against the other in-town schools are exciting and the kids get up for those games, but they just count once. Our kids feel good about it, but at the end of the day they understand that the goal is to get to the playoffs and that goal has not been accomplished yet.”

Player of the Week

In the fan vote for top performances from Oct. 17-19, Mansfield linebacker Justin Middleton won with 5,013 votes. Almost 9,800 votes were cast.

Another nominee, Nolan Catholic running back Luke Alves, did get this week’s Built Ford Tough Texas High School Player of the Week for private schools.

Visit the site Monday to see who’s in the running for this week’s games.

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