For years he dreamed of being the next starting quarterback for the storied Carroll Dragons. Patiently he waited for his time to step into the star role and now in his senior year Ryan Agnew hasnt disappointed.
The senior has thrown for 2,196 yards and 24 touchdowns while being picked off just five times. On the season he has completed 166 of 221 passes for a completion rate of 75 percent to help lead his team to a 8-1 record.
Ive watched Ryan grow up and he has always wanted to be a Dragon quarterback for as long as I can remember, head coach Hal Wasson said. Ryan is an extremely hard worker and there was no doubt in my mind he would be our quarterback. It didnt happen overnight though; he has had the will to prepare and is extremely coachable.
Since a season opening loss to Allen, the Dragons have been on a roll scoring no less than 38 points in any game until last week when they put up just 31. In District 4-5A play they have put up an average of 55 points per game behind Agnew who has completed 86 percent of his passes (113-131) for 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Ryan has the ability to make the play with his arms as he is extremely accurate, Wasson said. He is a good teammate and goes about his business and everyone likes him. He isnt an arrogant guy. His focus as is all of ours is to just go out there and win the next game for the Dragons and not get ahead of ourselves.
While the scores might not appear that they Dragons get much of a challenge, Wasson disagrees with the numbers.
We feel like we are challenged each game and there are several good teams in our district with winning records, he said. We know each week were going to get everyones best game as we have a target on our back.
Despite what many people think the success doesnt happen for Carroll overnight.
Each year we have high expectations and there isnt anything wrong with that, Wasson said. There are some perceptions out there that we just go out and snap our fingers and we have success. We have kids who work hard. If you look at last year we had to replace seven starters on defense so we started slow, but were starting to get to where we want to be, but we still have room to grow.
Agnew credits his offensive line along with the confidence to throw to multiple players as part of his success. Five different players have at least 14 catches with his favorite target being Luke Timian who has hauled in 52 passes for 805 yards and nine scores. Keaton Duhon has added 42 receptions for 502 yards and seven scores and Joe Heineman has added 25 for 277 yards and four scores.
If I can say each week that its my best game I know Im improving and doing well," Agnew said. "I have some great guys to throw the ball too and I feel that I have one of the best receivers in the state in Luke Timian who I can throw the ball to in any situation. We just have to make sure we keep improving and everyone doing the best they possibly can to make sure we reach our goal.
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