Dragon’s offensive explosion leads to third straight win

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Seth Ford runs for a first down in the Dragon’s 56-14 win.

Round Rock returned to action on Friday, Sep. 20 after a bye week to open up their district schedule versus district rival McNeil. After their 2018 matchup provided a barrage of scoring from both sides, 2019 was a different story with the Dragons doing all the scoring.

 Despite Round Rock’s slow start, a second quarter 35 point outburst propelled Round Rock to a 56-14 win to improve to 1-0 in District 13-6A.

Round Rock picked up right where they left off versus Belton with a four yard touchdown run by Israel Morgan to cap a 1 minute 75 yard drive putting the Dragons up 7-0. McNeil quickly countered with a drive of their own ending in a Luke Hutchison 43 yard touchdown to draw even at 7-7. 

The second quarter has been the defining quarter for the Dragons all year. In the first two games, Round Rock scored a combined 48 points in the second quarter to put the games away, and Friday was no different. Jordan Smart opened the second quarter with a 21 yard touchdown run off of a wildcat formation to put the Dragons up 14-7. Round Rock’s defense acted as a brick wall forcing McNeil to punt into the wind setting up quarterback Seth Ford and the Dragon offense with prime field position. Round Rock took advantage of the short field marching down the field ending in a 10 yard rushing touchdown from Smart, his second of the day. After another three and out by the Mavericks, Round Rock continued their scoring spree with a Seth Ford pass finding Collin Sullivan in the endzone to stretch the Dragon lead to 21. With just under a minute left, the Dragons got the ball back and went to work yet again, but this time finishing the drive with a 69 yard touchdown bomb from Ford to Sullivan to widen the gap to a tune of 42-7 at halftime.

McNeil came out of halftime with a goal to close the 35 point first half gap. Luke Hutchison took matters into his own hands taking a quarterback draw 75 yards for a touchdown to close the gap to 28. However, the Dragons offense was simply too much for McNeil to handle. After getting the ball back, Jordan Smart broke free off of a jet sweep blazing a 63 yard path to the endzone to put Round Rock up 48-13 and give Smart his third touchdown of the game. With his third touchdown of the game, Smart has now recorded multiple touchdowns in each of his first three games this season. With the Maverick offense running out of gas, Round Rock received the ball yet again and marched down the field ending in a one yard touchdown run from Morgan to put one final touchdown up on the board for the Dragons. 

With a fourth quarter resulting in no touchdowns after a fury of scoring through three quarters, the Dragons picked up their first district win of the 2019-2020 season, 56-14. With the Dragons remaining a perfect 3-0 on the season, they look to continue their quest for perfection next week versus rival Westwood.