Defending National Champs: Loaded on Offense

Southlake Carroll High School has arguably the best high school football program in the nation. They won the National Championship last season with a blend of superior talent and excellent coaching. Needless to say, Southlake Carroll has become a hot spot for college football recruiters over the past couple of years.

Southlake Carroll churns out Division I talent every year, and their junior class is no exception. Running back Tre' Newton and quarterback Riley Dodge lead a group on offense that is stacked with nine junior starters. Head Coach Todd Dodge raved about what these two kids can do on the football field.

"Tre' rushed for 1,300 yards as a sophomore. His main strength is running between the tackles," Dodge said. "He has a tremendous blend of power and speed. He has a tremendous frame. He has long legs and long arms."

The 6-foot-2, 195 pound Newton is a very versatile running back. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.48 seconds. According to Coach Dodge, he has no flaws in his game and could play in just about any college football system.

"He does a great job blocking for us. We have always known that he was going to be a great. He is a very complete back. When you watch him on film, you can't say that he can't block well or he can't catch the ball. He is a good blocker, runner and pass receiver. He contributes in all ways," Dodge stated.

Coach Dodge played college football for the Texas Longhorns in the early 80's. Since then, he has become a very successful high school football coach. This season he has been presented with the challenge of coaching his son, Riley, who has inherited the starting quarterback spot this year.

"Riley's biggest upside is being a dual-threat quarterback. He has 19 touchdowns passes so far this year spreading the ball to five different receivers. He has 1,400 yards passing and 500 running. He can move the chains with his feet and can put the ball in the end zone through the air," Dodge said.

The 6-foot-0, 180-pound Dodge has tremendous speed at the quarterback position. He runs the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.42 seconds.

Both of these kids have already started hearing from major college football programs. Coach Dodge ran down the list of schools that have contacted each of his star prospects.

"With Tre', you've got Ole Miss, Nebraska, TCU, Oklahoma and Miami. Those are the main ones," Dodge said. "For Riley, it's Oklahoma, TCU, Georgia Tech and Clemson."

Both Newton and Dodge were in Dallas this past weekend for the Red River Shootout with their coach. They both enjoyed the atmosphere and experience that goes along with attending a major college football game.

"Riley goes every year, but they liked it. It was a good game," Dodge said. "They enjoyed the opportunity to see a great college football game."

Southlake Carroll's offense is loaded with juniors this year. They have a wide receiver and three extremely talented offensive linemen that could draw Division I interest as well.

"Blake Cantu is a good wide receiver," Dodge said. "We also have three offensive linemen. Sam Schwartzstein plays left tackle, Jake Jackson plays left guard, and Nick Leppo plays center for us. Our offense this year is very junior dominant. We have nine junior starters."

Southlake Carroll is undefeated this season and has really dominated their opponents so far. Through five games, they have scored 252 points to their opponents 50. Southlake Carroll will take on Haltom High School this Friday at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.

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