IRVING (AP) — Southlake Carroll High School’s three-year run of Class 5A championships ended Saturday with a 22-21 playoff loss to Abilene High that snapped the Dragons’ 58-game winning streak against Texas teams.
Carroll (11-2), which had a 49-game winning streak snapped in a loss to Miami Northwestern earlier this season, hadn’t lost to a Texas team since falling to Katy, 16-15, in the 2003 5A Division II championship game.
The Dragons won back-to-back 5A Division II titles in 2004-05 and won the 5A Division I championship last season. They also won the 5A Division II title in 2002, giving them four championships in five years coming into this season.
All of those titles came under former coach Todd Dodge, who made the rare jump from high school to the highest division of college football. Dodge is 2-9 in his first season at North Texas entering Saturday night’s finale against Florida International.
Dodge’s son, Riley Dodge, was going for his second title as Carroll’s starting quarterback. He has orally committed to play for his dad at North Texas. Todd Dodge was the starting quarterback at Texas in the 1980s.
With the loss to Miami Northwestern, Carroll fell one victory shy of Abilene’s big-school state record of 50 consecutive wins. Abilene won three consecutive state titles from 1954 to ’56.