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Young Dragons to face new district opponents

Collierville Dragon offense driving

BY STEVEN JENKINS

This season, Collierville looks to be competitive in the new Class 6A Region 4 district, which consist of many of the largest schools in Shelby County. The Dragons will battle traditional opponents Houston, Germantown, Cordova and Arlington.

However, added to the schedule are new district opponents Whitehaven, White Station and Bartlett.

To round out the schedule, the non-district games include season opener St. Benedict (Aug. 21), Millington (Sept. 11) and Center Hill (Aug. 28) from Olive Branch, Miss.

Head Coach Mike O’Neill and his coaching staff knows for the Dragons to be successful they must be able to compete on both sides of the ball and has pushed the young team during offseason workouts to be ready for one of the toughest schedules in school history.

OFFENSE: With a full year under his belt as offensive coordinator, Coach Tommy Miller has the Dragon’s offense running efficiently with multiple talents from different positions.

With a 3-way quarterback battle, and six returning starters from last season including veteran linemen, the Dragons hope to be able to move the ball effectively down the field.

Experienced running backs will prove to be a key factor on short yard situations, while the young wide outs will need to mature faster than normal.

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DEFENSE: After losing eight starters from last year’s defensive squad, it looks like the Dragons are reloading from every position.
The middle of the defense is a strong group of linebackers. The key factor will be if the young players can adjust to the level of play, and the demanding physicality of Class 6A competition.

SPECIAL TEAMS: With Dillon Scott being automatic on PATs last year and hitting over 90 percent of his field goals, O’Neill has a weapon that can put points on the board and win games for the Dragons.

OVERALL: If injuries are at a minimum this year, Collierville can have a very good season but the Dragons will also need young players to step up and play aggressive.

With larger numbers of underclassmen on the roster, O’Neill will need those players to make a difference.

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