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Spring football report: Southlake Carroll set at QB with Kenny Hill but can offensive line protect him?
Team: Southlake Carroll
How the 2010 season ended: After a jarring start, an inexperienced Southlake Carroll team discovered an identity and hit its stride. The Dragons made the fourth round of the 5A playoffs before losing to eventual state runner-up Denton Guyer.
Key returning starters: Carroll returns six starters on offense and four on defense. The offense, especially, is littered with familiar names, including quarterback Kenny Hill and wide receivers Peyton Williams, Ben Sego and Sabian Holmes. The linebacker core should be strong on defense with returning starters Will Davis and Dillon Rake.
Biggest questions facing team: Who will protect the glut of skill position players returning? The Dragons are loaded at quarterback and wide receiver. There is no question about that. But Hal Wasson admits that Hill will need time to pass if he and the others are to be successful. That means an inexperienced offensive line must step up. From last year, only J.J. Prince returns as a starter. The other four spots must be filled. But Wasson is optimistic. “I’ve been cautiously pleased with the way they are improving every day,” he said. “J.J. Prince is the catalyst up front and we’ve had a couple guys that have stepped up. I think our o-line will be a strength for us when it’s all said and done.”
Who can replace leading rusher Paul Stevenson? Stevenson led the team in scoring and rushing last season. He will be tough to replace, but Wasson is confident he already has three players in the mix. For one, there is Zach Thomason. He was the team’s second-leading rusher last season but has missed with most of spring practice with a minor injury. In his absence, two players have stepped up: A.J. Ezzard and Anthony Custable. With those three and a relatively mobile Hill, Carroll should have plenty of runners.
Notable: Wasson said linebacker Jeremy McClellan has impressed so far in spring practice and should form a solid trio with Davis and Rake. … Three kickers are auditioning to fill departed senior Mac McGuire’s role.
He said it: “They’ve shown to be very physical and aggressive. However, we have a lot of work to do, as does everyone else. We’re on the right track but have to keep building. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t have a good football team next year.” – Wasson
Spring game: Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium