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|Dragons rule Caldwell|
By Cody Futrell
Traveling to Caldwell Parish for a Friday night scrimmage, the Mangham Dragons were out to prove 2008 was their year.
With what seemed like a purple haze always flying to the ball, the Dragons' defensive unit set the tone early and often by stopping the Spartans heralded rushing attack from the opening whistle.
"We did a real good job of setting the tempo with the defense," Mangham head coach Bo Meeks said. "Our defense went out first and did a good job up front."
While complete stats were not available, The Dragons held the upper hand in the varsity action scoring three times to Caldwell's two scores.
The Dragons ran the ball well themselves with Solomon Ward leading the way with a touchdown run.
"Solomon (Ward) ran the ball real well," Meeks said. "I thought our offensive line did real well in pass block and run block situations."
A pair of pass break-ups by Montrel Hardman and Kyle Kings at safety made the defensive backfield look good at times on Friday as well.
In addition, the offensive line did not completely dominate the headlines. Defensive end Karl Wiggers made several key tackles on Friday.
Wiggers was pushing through the line and making a run for the ball carrier on nearly every snap of the ball.
Josh Wilson has commanded the reigns of the offense this fall and confidently lead Mangham on three scoring drives.
Always looking to improve from on a weekly basis, Meeks was quick to point out there is still work to be done going into the jamboree this Friday.
There will be plenty for Meeks and offensive coordinator Bryan Garrett as well as defensive coordinator Scott Wilcher to practice with the Dragons this coming week.
"We dropped some passes that we need to catch," Meeks said. "I think we need to get better at the linebacker position at reading the plays that are coming at us."
Mangham gets its opportunity to show off its week of work in a jamboree at Delhi High School on Friday night. The Varsity will begin at 7 p.m.