The Southlake Carroll Dragons are right around the corner of another football season. After falling just short to Duncanville, the Dragons are ready to run the table this year lead by the newly committed Texas Longhorn and #1 player in the country for the class of 2022 Quinn Ewers. Alongside Quinn is three-star wide receiver Brady Boyd who is looking to have an even better year than last after recording just under 1000 yards and eight touchdowns to go along. In the backfield for the Dragons is the sophomore sensation, Owen Allen, who rushed for 1262 yards and 23 touchdowns in his freshman season.
After Blake Smith left for college Coach Dodge had to find his replacement at the tight end position. It looks like Coach Dodge found his tight end for the year and it is R.J. Maryland, son of former NFL first overall pick Russell Maryland. Expect a high scoring, fast, and exciting offense this year from Coach Dodge and your Carroll Dragons.
Let’s take a look at the defensive side of the ball. After losing 25 Defensive Players this year Coach Munn and the defense will have some new faces starting on the defense. All eyes are on Cinque Williams for the Dragons this year as he will be the starting safety for the Dragons this year. With the losses of Preston Forney and Brandon Howell, the biggest void in the Carroll Dragon defense would be the linebacking core. A lot of uncertainty this year for the linebackers but fully expect someone to be the captain of that defense.
The Dragons kick-off the first-ever COVID-19 season in Carroll history and they start it by playing three non-conference opponents; Rockwall-Heath at home Oct. 2, Rockwall away Oct. 8 and Denton Guyer at home Oct. 16.
The obvious game that stands out is last year’s rematch between Denton Guyer. Last year the Dragons outlasted Denton Guyer 46-34 with Quinn Ewers throwing for 331 yards and rushing for 117 while racking up 6 total touchdowns. I hope to see the same result as last season with Quinn Ewers leading the way again in an even bigger victory this time around. Nonetheless, this will definitely be the Dragon’s toughest test during the regular season.
After the non-conference games, it will be time for the conference only play. The conference schedule is Byron Nelson away on Oct. 22, Keller at home Oct. 30, Keller Central away Nov. 6, Eaton at home Nov. 20, Timber Creek away on Nov. 25 and the final game of the regular season will be against Fossil Ridge at home on Dec. 4. The Dragons are set to go 6-0 again in the conference as well as finishing 9-0 for the season as they have high hopes to bring home the state title this year.