Dragons Shut Down Eagles To Clinch Area Title
Nov 26, 2018 01:03PM
● By Skylar Kalb
The Southlake Carroll Dragons (12-0) dominated the DeSoto Eagles (9-3) 41-20 Saturday to clinch the Class 6A Division I area title and move on to the third round of the Texas State Football Playoffs.
Despite facing both a potent offense and defense in DeSoto, the Dragons quickly took control of the game early and ended the Eagles’ playoff hopes for the second straight year.
Windy conditions kept the pass game to a minimum for both teams, but the dynamic duo of senior quarterback Will Bowers and senior running back TJ McDaniel controlled the field with four rushing touchdowns between them. Bowers also broke the 2,000 passing yard mark, with 122 yards on the game to push him to 2,132 yards total for the season. RJ Mickens also had his hand in the score, with one rushing touchdown.
The Dragon defense was electric, containing a threatening DeSoto offense and holding the Eagles to 20 points the entire game. The starting defense only allowing six points, while two more touchdowns were scored late in the fourth quarter. Senior outside linebacker Graham Faloona led the defense in tackles with nine, while Preston Forney racked up eight total tackles with one for a loss.
The second-round playoff game quickly became Dragon Pride Player of the Week Michael Parrish’sstandout game, after he recorded seven total tackles with three for a loss, as well as blocking an extra point attempt to keep the Eagles at bay.
The Dragons put the Eagles away early – scoring on their first three possessions. Bowers earned his first touchdown of the night with a 14-yard rush into the end zone on the Dragons’ very first possession, leading the Eagles 7-0. His second touchdown came on the second possession of the game, with a six-yard rush to put another seven points on the board for Carroll.
An interception by Mickens on the Eagles’ second possession of the game put Carroll back in the driver’s seat and led them to score again with a 17-yard rush from Mickens into the end zone.
Silence from DeSoto had the Dragons leading 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
McDaniel made himself heard early in the second quarter with a seven-yard rush for a touchdown, increasing the gap 28-0.
The Eagles finally answered midway through the second quarter with a six-yard pass from quarterback Shundarion Ward to Vontae Shenault. A blocked extra point attempt from Carroll’s Parrish only allowed DeSoto to put six points on the board.
A 43-yard field goal from Joe McFadden late in the first half had the Dragons leading the Eagles 31-6 heading into the locker room for halftime.
Both teams remained without a touchdown for the third quarter, aside from a 21-yard field goal from McFadden to give the Dragons another three points. Carroll was up 34-6 at the end of the third.
McDaniel recorded his second touchdown of the night with a three-yard rush into the end zone on the Dragons’ first possession of the quarter, making the score 41-6.
The Eagles were quick to respond with a touchdown from Tyson Alexander, narrowing the gap 41-14. They scored again late in the fourth quarter to make the score 41-20, but it was not enough to overcome the Dragons’ lead.
Next up, Carrollwill face longtime rivals Euless Trinity, on Friday at the University of North Texas' Apogee Stadium at 7 p.m.