By Scott Hansen
Southlake Carroll, after suffering its first loss in 50 games, got back on the winning track on Thursday night, but just barely. The Dragons used a 14-point fourth quarter and overcame a 21-7 first half deficit to post a 49-42 victory over Rockwall.
Quarterback Riley Dodge was his usual self in the victory. Dodge, who is committed to join his father at North Texas next season, threw for 387 yards and seven touchdowns in the victory. Blake Cantu caught 12 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns from Dodge.
Trailing 14-0 in the first quarter after Rockwell quarterback Braden Smith got off to a flying start, Dodge found Chris Brainard on the first of three touchdowns between the two from 11 yards. Rockwell's Grant Gunderson returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a score, giving the Yellowjackets a shocking 21-7 lead.
Dodge led the Dragons back immediately, hooking up with Cantu for a 9-yard scoring strike to bring Carroll back to within a touchdown. Rockwall struck back with Robert Carter scoring on a 2-yard rushing touchdown to give the Yellowjackets a 28-14 lead.
Dodge would fire two touchdown passes before intermission. Brainard would be the recipient of the first from 11 yards out, and Jared Freeman would haul in a 6-yard pass from Dodge to knot the score at 28 heading into halftime.
Carroll would take a 35-28 lead when Dodge found Brainard for the third time with a 47-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Royce Miller and Smith would respond with a 59-yard scoring pass to tie the score once again at 35.
Dodge and Cantu finally put Southlake Carroll in front for good combining for 58 and 33 yards to put the Dragons in front 49-35. Carter would add a 2-yard run for Rockwall in the fourth quarter.
Smith, who is committed to SMU, threw for 292 yards in a losing effort. Jones added 96 rushing yards to go along with his two touchdown runs for Rockwall, who fell to 1-2 on the season after also losing to Allen.
The Dragons, still regarded as one of the best teams in the nation, moved to 2-1 heading into District 5-5A play next week when they host Keller Central.
The Colony Rushes to First Win
Tony Peoples rushed for 207 yards and rushed for three touchdown as The Colony got into the win column with a 26-0 victory over Carrollton Turner.
Peoples scored on runs of 50, 3, and 18 yards for the 4A Cougars. Peoples opened the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Bryce Perkins. The Colony racked up 415 offensive yards in the victory as they moved to 1-2 on the season.
Lewisville Pummels Keller Central
Lewisville quarterback Stephen Stamey threw for 224 yards and three touchdown and added another on the ground as Lewisville rolled to a 52-6 victory over Keller Central on Thursday night.
The Farmers rolled up 523 yards in the rout. Ivory Cook rushed for 131 yards on just 10 carries and scored two touchdowns to pace Lewisville.
Lewisville moved to 2-1 on the season and got back on the winning track in emphatic fashion following a 23-6 loss to Naaman Forest (Garland) last week.
Euless Trinity hosts 4A Power
Rebounding from a lopsided loss to Odessa Permian will not be easy for Euless Trinity. The Trojans will entertain Class 4A second-ranked Waco on Friday night.
Trinity has an excruciating 6-hour bus ride back from Odessa to figure out how to cure the turnover bug. The Trojans were hamstrung by five turnovers in a 30-3 loss to Permian.
Adding to the long list of headaches this week for Trinity is trying to figure out how to stop Waco running back Jarred Salubi. Through three games, the senior has rushed for 488 yards and six touchdowns.
Running back Samir Baker was a bright spot for Trinity, rushing for 107 yards, while Dontrayevous Robinson added 82 on the ground. Quarterback Denarius McGee threw two interceptions in the loss.
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