The Dragons traveled west to Odessa for a matchup with one of the most famous Texas high school football powerhouse schools, Odessa Permian. The two teams faced off in an exciting game last season, here in Southlake, that ended with the Dragons ending the night on top 24-20. The Dragons would come out with an important victory in this matchup as well, but this night was about more than just a football game.
Over the few weeks leading up to the game, the Carroll Cheerleaders sold t-shirts and collected donations for the victims of the August 31 shooting in Odessa. Selling shirts at middle school sporting events, campus activities and throughout the Carroll community allowed the cheerleaders to present a check to the Odessa Community Foundation for over $21,000. A portion of the proceeds went directly to the family of the youngest victim of the tragic event, a 15-year-old Odessa High School student.
As the football team took the field, it was clear that the Dragon football team and coaches knew this was about more than football as well. The Dragons took the field in their black game pants that are usually reserved for playoff games only, and the entire coaching staff took the sidelines in their “One with Odessa” shirts. There was a game to play, but the overall feel of the night was one of unity.
The game, much like last year’s matchup, began with a lengthy weather delay. The Dragons took the lead early in the first and didn’t look back. Sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers was sharp from the onset of the game finishing the game with an impressive 389 yards passing and 59 yards on the ground. Ewers played a part in six touchdowns for the Dragons, four through the air and two rushing.
John Manero, wearing number 13 on the evening in honor of a teammate who lost a family member this week, had nine receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown.
The Dragons went on to win the game 48-7 and take their record to 3-0 on the season. They head into an off week this week before returning home to Dragon Stadium to take on Keller on September 27 in the district opener.