All it took was Kenny Hill losing his helmet for Ryan Agnew to prove he could handle playing quarterback for Southlake Carroll.
Agnew, now a junior, entered last year’s Class 5A Division I regional final against DeSoto for one play, filling in for Hill, who had to wait to re-enter after getting his helmet knocked off. A quarterback run was called, and Agnew found a seam in the right side of the Eagles’ defense, evading a pair of defenders, getting hit then pin-wheeling his way down to the 2-yard-line for a 32-yard gain.
“Just to come in cold turkey like that as a sophomore, we were like, ‘wow that was impressive,’” said Carroll coach Hal Wasson, whose team has won 10 in a row and enters Friday’s area round matchup with Midland Lee.
Now Carroll’s starter, Agnew has combined for more than 3,500 total yards and 46 touchdowns as Carroll’s starting quarterback this year. A season-opening loss to Allen is the only knock on his record, but it’s also when his preparation process was kicked into high gear, Wasson said.
“As a young player, he relied a lot on his uncanny ability to make plays with his feet or his arm, but at the end of the day we wanted him to pay his attention to detail and preparation,” he said. “He takes the way he prepares and produces very personally. I thought it hit another level after that opening loss to Allen.”
The Dragons beat Lee 63-14 the week after losing to Allen. Wasson said he expects improvement from Lee, which has won eight of nine.
Because Carroll won a coin toss, the Dragons will play Lee at 7 p.m. Friday at 7 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Stadium in Saginaw, about a half-hour from Southlake. If Lee had won the toss, the game would’ve been played in Lubbock, 335 miles from Southlake.
“It’s a lot different traveling 45 minutes than it is five hours,” Wasson said.
Arlington Seguin coach Carlos Lynn said it slowly started sinking in to his players over the weekend that they pushed the No. 3 team in Class 4A into overtime.
But on Friday night, after a 50-44 loss to Whitehouse, Seguin’s thoughts weren’t centered on moral victories.
“It was, ‘Man, it’s over. We’re done,’” coach Carlos Lynn said. “It was emotional, especially for those seniors. They’ve invested four years in the program and they didn’t want it to end.”
Seguin (6-5), a surprise out of District 15-4A, came back from a 37-23 deficit entering the final quarter to take the lead before Whitehouse (11-0) scored with 29 seconds left to send it to overtime. Seguin failed to score in overtime before Whitehouse ended it.
“I couldn’t ask anymore out of our kids than what they did,” Lynn said. “We’ve been preaching that all year long: faceless opponent. If we do what we’re supposed to do, you can play with anybody.”
Seguin was led by a strong performance by quarterback Kelton Moore, who rushed for 222 yards and threw for 276 against Whitehouse. Moore’s 2,235 rushing yards this season are second-most among area 4A players.
High praise for Aledo
Saginaw Boswell coach John Abendschan won’t be entering this week’s Class 4A Division II area round matchup with Aledo with any blind confidence.
“It pains me to say it, but I think this is Aledo’s best team, player for player, position for position,” Abendschan said. “We haven’t seen anybody play like them. I think they’re better than when they had [Johnathan] Gray.”
Boswell, which plays Aledo at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex, is hitting its stride at the right time. The Pioneers beat Wichita Falls Rider 42-7 last Friday in Wichita Falls behind six touchdowns from running back Antoine Stevenson, who missed practice early last week with an ankle injury.
Stevenson said he’s ready to make a similar impact against Aledo.
“I think it gets the team hyped when I get the ball in my hands,” Stevenson said. “I think we have a chance to shock some people.”