Southlake Carroll To Battle Florida Power

Southlake Carroll, a program accustomed to playing on the big stage, will take front-and-center again this year on September 15 when the Dragons play host to Miami Northwestern High School, a power from the Sunshine State of Florida. The game was arranged by Chicago-based Paragon Marketing Group, in association with Dallas-based TITUS Sports Marketing.

Carroll will again be a favorite in 2007 to win a Class 5A state championship, which would be the school's fifth in six years. The team has rolled to a 79-1 record since 2002 and has a 48-game winning streak.

Dave Stephenson of TITUS acknowledged that the game could be the biggest ever played in the state of Texas. Carroll will certainly bring their share of firepower to the contest, including returning seniors and University of Texas commits QB Riley Dodge and RB Tre Newton.

One change on the Carroll sideline will be the head coach with Hal Wasson replacing Riley's father, Todd Dodge, who moved on to become the head coach at the University of North Texas.

The Dragons will be tested by Northwestern, which finished 15-0 last year and won the Florida High School Activities Association 6A championship. The team returns the nucleus from both its offense and a suffocating defense that allowed but 6.4 points per game and notched seven consecutive shutouts.

The game will be televised on one of the following: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN Classic, with the venue for the Saturday game still to be determined.

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