If you’re following Carroll football this year, it’s more than your heart can take. On three different occasions, the Dragons trailed by two scores at some point in the second half.
Had it not been for maybe a couple of inches at Austin Westlake, the Dragons would have been victorious in all three. The latest magic act occurred this past Friday at arch rival Coppell. In the 47th annual meeting, the Dragons overcame a 24-7 deficit, kicked a field goal in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime and came up with a stop in the second overtime to escape, 38-37. Carroll now leads the series, 40-7.
“We always keep things simple,” head coach Hal Wasson said. “There’s no doubt that we’ve dug ourselves in several games. But we just deal with the process. It’s the way we’ve been trained, that you play hard as you can play.”
Wasson is like many coaches who believe that a game hinges on six plays. It’s never a certainty of where or when they occur. He just hopes that his team get the best of most of them.
The Dragons were on three of them between the end of regulation and both overtimes. That’s why they are 4-1 and 1-0 in District 7-6A.
First, holder Montana Murphy had to calmly handle a snap that hit the ground and give Kole Ramage time to boot the game-tying 28-yard field.
In the first overtime, Carroll faced a fourth down from the Coppell seven-yard line and needed a touchdown to keep the game going. Quarterback Mason Holmes worked the designed play to perfection and found Cameron Duhon in the back of the end zone for the score to tie the game, 31-31.
In the second overtime, Coppell closed to 38-37. But head coach Mike DeWitt opted to go for two points. Carroll junior safety Robert Barnes found an opening and dropped Cowboys quarterback Brady McBride for a loss.
“I just saw a gap open and shot it,” Barnes said. “It was just knowing I had to make a play because the game was on the line.”
Carroll has faced major deficits this year. A look at how the Dragons responded:
▪ Aug. 28 at Austin Westlake – trailed 20-7 in the third quarter and lost 20-14 when a pass into the end zone on the last play of the game was knocked out of Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s hands.
▪ Sept. 4 at Tulsa (Okla.) Union – trailed 23-7 in the third quarter but used a 21-point fourth quarter to win 34-30.
▪ Oct. 2 at Coppell – trailed 24-7 in the fourth quarter but rallied to win in double overtime, 38-37.
After playing four of their first five games away from home, the Dragons finally return for a home game against the Rebels (3-3, 2-0). Richland beat Hurst L.D. Bell, 34-27, in overtime to win its third consecutive game. The Rebels are led by quarterback Jordan Wiley, who has thrown for 858 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another 564 yards and five scores. The game can be heard on KWRD 100.7 FM with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m.