There was a buzz around Southlake all week as the Dragons were set to take on Odessa Permian. The local media was covering the game as a must-see matchup between two of the top programs in the state. Based on the crowd in the stands at kickoff, it seemed the message was received by Dragon Nation. The home side ticket booth announced an hour before the kickoff that they were completely sold out.
The Dragons struck first on a TJ McDaniel 54 yard touchdown midway through the first quarter. Dragon fans would see a trend as the night continued for McDaniel.
The Dragon defense would hold strong for the remainder of the first half and after a Neal Koskay field goal, the Dragons would head into halftime leading the Panthers 10-0.
After the Dragon Band took the field in their new uniforms and performed an outstanding show, the skies would open up and send all Dragon fans seeking cover. While this rain delay would not last quite as long as the previous weeks, it was long enough for some of Dragon Nation to call it a night and head home. Even with a smaller crowd after the delay, the excitement returned when play resumed.
Fueled by the excitement from the student section, the Dragons came out of the delay and immediately put seven points on the board on another McDaniel touchdown from 10 yards out.
The Panthers’ offense would find their stride early in the fourth quarter scoring 14 quick points to cut the score to 17-14. McDaniels would answer back with a crafty 90-yard touchdown run to seal the game for the Dragons with just under five minutes left in the game. McDaniels would finish the game with an impressive 233 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns. The Dragons extended their record to 3-0 under new head coach Riley Dodge with the 24-20 victory.
The Dragons will have the week off and prepare for a district matchup with Keller on September 28 at Keller ISD Stadium.