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Ranked in the top 5 of the VYPE DFW 6A Preseason Football Rankings, Southlake Carroll is fired up and ready to go this season. The team is looking toward what could be a fantastic season. VYPE DFW takes a look at what fans should expect:
The Dragons posted an incredible record last year as they went 13-1 overall and 7-0 in district with a 93% winning percentage. Opening their season against non-district opponents like El Paso Eastwood (66-14), Flower Mound Marcus (38-7), and Cedar Hill (47-6), it was clear the Southlake Carroll was on a mission to be one of the best football teams in the 2022-23 season. The team opened district play with a shutout victory over Fort Worth Timber Creek (51-0) followed by another shut-out victory over Haltom City (62-0). Finishing undefeated at the top of their district standings, Southlake Carroll posted other victories over the likes of Keller (38-25), V.R. Eaton (42-7), Byron Nelson (38-23), and more.
In the playoffs, the team sent Crowley (52-13), Frenship (69-14), and McKinney (42-35) packing before falling to Denton Guyer (45-21).
Athletes like Eric Garza, Caden Jackson, Travis Duwe, Carter Smith, Jackson Mirza, Mitchell Macaluso, Spencer Gillett, and more can be expected to make big plays this season. With a similar goal in mind-- to get further in playoffs this year-- the team will focus on one game at a time as they take down their opponents.
Opening their schedule on Friday, August 25 against Eastwood in front of a home crowd, Southlake Carroll is prepared for anything this season. Facing many of the same opponents as last year, the Dragons already know what to expect as they make another campaign toward playoffs. Once non-district play is over, Southlake Carroll opens district play on the road against Fort Worth Timber Creek in September.
It's a battle of the undefeated in round four of Texas high school football playoffs as the Denton Guyer Wildcats meet up with the Southlake Carroll Dragons in the quarterfinals. Both teams have had their eye on the prize all season and are looking to continue advancing in the playoffs. One team will be finishing their season tonight. So, what can fans expect from this intense matchup? VYPE DFW lays it all out for you!
After falling in the state title game last season to Austin Westlake, the Wildcats have been on the prowl to get back to where they were. The team heads into the quarterfinals on a 13 game win streak having outscored their opponents by a combined 400 points this season. With preseason victories over Rockwall Heath, Aledo, and Lancaster, Denton Guyer was able to enter their district schedule battle tested and ready for anything. After posting a close game against Prosper, the team took a moment to reevaluate their game plan and get back into the swing of things. Having not looked back since, the Wildcats went on a roll through district play defeating Little Elm, McKinney Boyd, Allen, Prosper Rock Hill, and more to finish at the top of their district's standings.
Led by Jackson Arnold, Trey Joyner, Landon Sides, Sutton Lee, and more, the Wildcats offense has been nearly unstoppable this season. Joyner leads the team in rushing, averaging about 80 yards per game while totaling 15 touchdowns this season. Sides leads the team in receiving while averaging nearly 100 yards per game and recording 15 touchdowns of his own. Arnold has thrown for 31 touchdowns- scoring 17 rushing. The defense has been able to create a wall that opponents have had a hard time getting through all season.
So far in playoffs, Guyer has outscored their opponents 164-90 while ending the seasons of Flower Mound Marcus (42-7), Highland Park (63-42), and Trophy Club Byron Nelson (59-41).
Southlake Carroll has been back on their usual dominance this season. Entering round four of playoffs on a 13 game win streak, Southlake Carroll is looking to make waves and shut down Denton Guyer in order to advance to the UIL State Semifinals. Opening their season with incredibly strong victories over El Paso Eastwood, Flower Mound Marcus, and Cedar Hill, the Dragons were able to make sure there were no holes in their playbook. Through district play, Southlake Carroll defeated Carroll, Byron Nelson, V.R. Eaton, Keller Fossil Ridge, and more to finish at the top of their district standings.
Led by Owen Allen, Jacob Jordan, James Lehman, and Graham Knowles, the Dragons offense has been working hard to make every moment count when they're on the field. The Dragons offense is known for creating every opportunity to score, creating an atmosphere of dominance. Allen leads the team in rushing by averaging nearly 160 rushing yards per game and scoring 35 touchdowns on the season. Jordan leads the team in receiving yards, averaging nearly 90 yards per game and totaling 16 touchdowns. The defense has been impactful on the field throughout every game, making it hard for many of their opponents to score.
So far in playoffs, Southlake Carroll has outscored their opponents by over 100 points. The Dragons have ended the seasons of Crowley (52-13), Frenship (69-14), and McKinney (42-35).
Both teams are state ranked and undefeated. This matchup is quite possibly going to be the best matchup in the entire state this weekend. Denton Guyer fans can expect to see Guyer do what they do every game; the Wildcats will be able to set the tone and start the game off on the right foot. However, Southlake Carroll is a force to be reckoned with and Dragons fans will be able to watch their team put up an incredible fight until the final whistle of the game. Both teams are bound to score quickly and often in this matchup that has the potential to bring everyone to the edge of their seats.
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium. If you are unable to make it to the game, be sure to catch all the action on CW33!