The Dragons were denied by DeSoto’s goal-line stand in a wild 49-45 loss last Saturday before 20,000 at SMU’s Ford Stadium. The Dragons were stopped twice in the final seconds at the one-yard line by the Eagles in the Class 5A Division I Region I final. DeSoto advances to face Allen in the state semifinals.
Carroll (12-2) held DeSoto (14-0) on fourth down and nearly pulled off the dramatic comeback. The Dragons took over at their own 29 yard-line and Kenny Hill’s 22-yard pass to Luke Timian moved Carroll to the DeSoto 3-yard-line with 12 seconds left. On the next play, Hill ran two yards to the one-yard line with 8 seconds left. But on the final two plays, DeSoto stopped Hill just short of the goal to win the game.
Hill finished with five rushing TDs and 40 carries for 99 yards. He also passed for 339 yards on 18-of-33 passing and one TD. Hill finished his career as the winningest quarterback in school history at 36-4 overall and 12-2 in the postseason over three seasons. The Dragons had 532 yards of offense and nationally-ranked DeSoto finished with 620 and overcame a 24-6 first-half deficit.
Dragon safety Tanner Jacobson ended his career with an impressive performance including an interception deep in DeSoto territory and a fumble recovery.