For the first time since 2002, the Dragons hosted a playoff game and won a 37-33 thriller vs. two-time defending state champion Cedar Hill in a Class 6A Division II bi-district playoff. Carroll was afforded the chance to host due to new UIL rule in 6A. The top seeds in each division earn the opportunity to host.
Before a frenzied home crowd, the Dragons didn’t disappoint. Carroll (9-2) jumped to a 14-0 lead after one quarter and held on down the stretch. The decisive play came in the final minute when Cedar Hill snapped the ball out of the end zone from the 1-yard line for a safety.
Carroll was led by senior playmaker Lil’ Jordan Humphrey. The running back was a dual threat all night against Cedar Hill. He rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns and had 113 receiving with one TD. Fellow running back Shemar Coleman added 130 yards and one TD.
Dragon quarterback Mason Holmes was 13-for-15 with 181 yards and two TDs. Carroll had 486 yards of offense and 305 on the ground.
Carroll advances to face Denton Guyer in the Division II area round. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.