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Round Rock's stacked offense looking to lead Dragons to postseason

They averaged nearly 44 points a game and scored at least 28 in every district game last season

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Round Rock's offense is stacked.

Despite missing out on the playoffs last season one year after a trip to the state quarterfinals and battling through a plethora of injuries, the Dragons put up gaudy numbers on the offensive side of the ball last season.

This year might be even better.

"We feel like we have as balanced a group of offensive personnel since I've been here," Round Rock head coach Jeff Cheatham said. "At this point, we feel really confident we have a chance to have a good year. Chemistry-wise, it might be one of the best we‘ve had, it reminds me oft he group we had a couple years ago."

Junior wide receiver Collin Sullivan already has interest from colleges like Texas, Oregon and Arkansas, but returns for his third year on varsity after catching 32 passes for 531 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore and earning second-team all-district honors.

Marquis Brown is fully healthy after an ACL injury slowed him down just a bit last year and sophomore Israel Morgan will join him in the backfield.

Senior quarterback Ryan O'Keefe ran for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns and threw for 793 yards and four touchdowns. Senior tight end and Purdue commit Garrett Miller caught 23 passes for 358 and two touchdowns, locking up a second-team all-district award.

"I expect to be a lot better," Miller said. "We have leadership and all that stuff, we just need to keep on working hard. Our offense is pretty good. Ryan is a freak of nature and Colin is really good. We have a lot of good athletes and potential, we just need to get after it.

On top of the returning talents at the skill positions, three offensive linemen return.

"We've got a tightly knit group of kids and one of the closest group is our offensive line," Cheatham said. "When you've got that and when that group gets close, it makes everything else work better."

The Dragons finished last season with a bang offensively, hitting a new stride when the calendar turned to October. They outgunned Pflugerville 56-46 and downed McNeil 45-28 in the regular season finale.

Round Rock wasn't afraid to put up points last season, averaging nearly 44 points in each district game. The Dragons scored at least 28 points in every district game last year.

But after finishing the season with just two wins, they aren't living in the past.

"Every year is different and we've done everything can to not look in the past and really not look to the future," Cheatham said. "We can't be concerned about what happened or is going to happen, we have to worry about right now."

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