Dragons don’t take dominance for granted

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Hal Wasson is not one to take it for granted when the Carroll football program accomplishes something. So when the Dragons defeated Keller, 52-17, on Friday to wrap up another playoff berth, he took a moment to appreciate it.

“I’ve done this long enough to not assume that any of this comes as expected,” Wasson said. “You just dig in every day and prepare and work hard on Friday. There’s a lot of stuff that goes into this.”

The Dragons (7-1, 5-0 in District 4-5A) have owned this district over the last two years, winning all 12 games and carrying a 19-game district winning streak into Thursday night’s meeting with Keller Fossil Ridge at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex. Carroll has not lost a district game since dropping the 2010 finale to Denton Guyer, 28-14.

Carroll has won its first five district games by an average of score of 60-11. The Dragons have collected at least 567 yards of total offense in each game. In fact, the 567 against Keller was a district low – if you can really call it that.

But again, this is the Carroll way of doing business, year after year, to perform at a high level and to maintain it.

“We just keep everything in perspective,” Wasson said. “Our goal right now is to get through district and win an outright championship. Our kids have come a long away especially if you think about the fact that we basically had eight new starters on defense and seven new starters on defense.”

That’s 90.9 percent

Most high school quarterbacks would give anything if they missed only five passes in a half. Carroll junior starting quarterback Ryan Agnew has that many incompletions over the last two games.

Against Justin Northwest, Agnew was 19-of-20. Facing Keller, he went 31-of-35. That turns out to be a 90.9 completion percentage and raises his season completion percentage to 73.8 percent. Those numbers are to be absorbed and appreciated.

“[Offensive coordinator] Clayton George and Ryan have done a great job working together,” Wasson said. “They’ve done very well of game planning and preparing. But every play we have is designed to be (a catch and score). We make it a high priority not to miss. We chart every throw in practice. We want to complete 100 percent of our passes.”


Wasson has confirmed what many had suspected, that wide receiver Ryan Weigel (undisclosed) will not play this year … Carroll’s game on Thursday can be heard on KWRD 100.7-FM with the pregame show beginning at 6 p.m.

About Keller Fossil Ridge

The Panthers (6-2, 4-1) have recovered nicely from the difficult 3-7 2012 season. They have clinched a playoff berth because they have beaten Justin Northwest, Keller, Haltom and Richland – teams that trail them in the playoffs. Plus, if they were to fall into any tiebreaker, everything would favor them. Quarterback Jacob Gnacinski has thrown for 1,715 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is a little interception-prone, with nine. The defense is pretty athletic with senior defensive back and TCU commit Nick Foster and defensive lineman and Division I recruit Anthony Villalobos.

Of course, Wasson moved over to Carroll from Fossil Ridge in 2007. He coached at Fossil Ridge from 2003-2006. But times have changed. The current Panther seniors were in fifth grade when he came to Southlake.

“I’m grateful to [Keller AD] Bob DeJonge gave me the chance to go over there,” Wasson said. “I’m indebted to them. You’re always going to face a talented team. They have the potential to make big plays.”

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