The last time Carroll and Trinity met in the playoffs it was an epic playoff battle before more than 45,000 fans at Texas Stadium. The nearby state powerhouses meet again Saturday before an expected sellout crowd at Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletics Complex.
The Class 5A Division I Region I semifinal showdown kicks off at 6 p.m. The much-anticipated matchup features programs with rich tradition, regular deep postseason runs and a combined 11 state champions (Carroll 8, Trinity 3). Carroll enters the game with its offense running in high gear and coming off two blowout playoff victories against Martin and El Paso El Dorado. The Dragons have won 11 consecutive games since a season-opening loss to Allen.
Trinity is 10-2 and coming off playoff victories against Marcus and Mansfield. In both games combined, the Trojans have yielded just 13 points. Trinity won titles in 2005, 2007 and 2009 under coach Steve Lineweaver.
Carroll (11-1) vs. Trinity (10-2) – Class 5A Division I Region I Semifinal
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Site: Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletics Complex, 9200 Mid Cities Blvd
Radio: 100.7 FM
Live Updates: Follow Carroll ISD’s Twitter account for scoring/photos @Carrollisd
Tickets: $10 at gate
Game notes: Carroll will be the home team…The winner faces the winner of DeSoto-Arlington Bowie in the Region I Final next week…Trinity head coach Steve Lineweaver was the offensive coordinator on Carroll’s 1988 and 1992 Class 3A state champions…Dragon QB Kenny Hill is 35-3 as a starter for his career…Carroll defeated Trinity 22-21 in the only other meeting in 2006 at Texas Stadium in the playoffs. Both teams were 2005 defending 5A champions.