Dragon quarterback Kenny Hill was named 4-5A’s Most Valuable Player and safety Tanner Jacobson was named Defensive MVP. Carroll defensive lineman King Newton was named Defensive Newcomer of the Year and kicker Drew Brown was named Special Teams MVP.
The following is the list of Dragons on the First-Team and Second-Team…
1st Team Offense
AJ Ezzard RB Junior
Michael Gardiner WR Senior
Ryan Weigel WR Junior
Luke Timian WR Junior
Kyle Arpaia C Senior
Alec Deutsch G Senior
Cam Manning T Senior
Evan Brown T Senior
2nd Team Offense
Keaton Duhon WR Junior
Holden Sheehan G Senior
Ty Cummings Kicker Senior
1st Team Defense
Nash Dickey DL Junior
Joey Depinto DE Senior
Connor Page DE Senior
Steven Bergmark ILB Junior
Jackson Mitchell ILB Senior
JB Copeland OLB Junior
Aaron Hoagland S Senior
Ray Crockett C Senior
Adaryan Jones C Junior
2nd Team Defense
AJ Tolbert DL Junior
Tim Barnhart OLB Junior
Sam Downey Punter Junior
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.
Carroll Dragon all-state quarterback Kenny Hill has added another impressive accolade. Hill has been named Gatorade Texas Football Player of the Year.
Hill has led the Dragons to an 11-1 record and third round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs. He also led the Dragons to an undefeated run to the District 4-5A championship. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstated on and off the field.
This season, Hill has thrown for 2,902 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,196 yards and 28 touchdowns. For his career, Hill is 35-3 as a starter and the winningest quarterback in school history. He also carries an 11-1 mark as a starter in the postseason. Hill, who has committed to Texas A&M, also excels at baseball and carries a 3.38 grade-point average. He volunteers with various groups and helped create Play It Forward Southlake, which collects and distributes used sporting goods to disadvantaged youth.
Hill led the Dragons to the school’s 8th state championship last year going 16-0.
Carroll blasted Arlington Martin 65-7 in a bi-district playoff at Cowboys Stadium to earn its 10th consecutive victory and begin its title defense in impressive style. The Dragons (10-1) produced 604 yards of offense and held a 28-0 after the first quarter.
Quarterback Kenny Hill was razor sharp finishing 16-of-17 with 256 yards and three touchdowns passing. He also added six carries for 137 yards and two TDs, topped by his amazing 64-yard scoring run in the second quarter. It helped Carroll build a 49-0 halftime lead. Hill did not play in the second half with Dragons holding a comfortable lead.
The Dragons’ starting defense did not yield a score and had a momentum-building interception in the first quarter that led to a Dragon TD.
Carroll advances to face El Paso El Dorado in the area round at 6 p.m. Saturday at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium. El Dorado is coming off a thrilling 34-33 victory against Odessa Permian.
Luke Timian had two TD catches for the Dragons and Ryan Weigel led with 108 yards on four catches. Dragons running back A.J. Ezzard also added eight carries for 82 yards and two TDs.
Carroll (10-1) vs. El Paso El Dorado (7-4) – Class 5A Division I Area Playoff
Date: Saturday, Nov. 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Site: Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium
Radio: 100.7 FM
Note: Winner faces Trinity-Mansfield winner
The Carroll Dragons begin their Class 5A titledefense Friday at Cowboys Stadium against the Martin Warriors. The 5A Division I bi-district playoff kicks off at 6 p.m.
Carroll (9-1) defeated Martin in the Region I final last season en route to its eighth state championship. Martin enters the game 7-3 overall and is coming off a season-ending loss to Bowie that decided the District 3-5A championship.
The Dragons went 7-0 in District 4-5A and defeated Haltom last Thursday 56-17. Senior quarterback Kenny Hill combined for four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) as the Dragons won their ninth consecutive game. Hill was 7-for-10 passing with 126 yards and had six carries for 58 yards rushing. Backup quarterback Ryan Agnew added 39 yards rushing a two TDs. Luke Timian and Mike Gardiner each caught TD passes for the Dragons.
Carroll finished district action scoring 50 or more points in six of seven games. The Dragons enter the playoffs seeking a record ninth state championship. Their eight titles is currently tied with Celina.
Carroll (9-1) vs. Martin (7-3) – Class 5A Division I Bi-District Playoff
Date: Friday, Nov. 16
Time: 6 p.m.
Site: Cowboys Stadium
Tickets: Click here for ticket information.
Parking/Gates: Lots open at 3:30 p.m.; gates open at 4:30 p.m. (Entry A, C & H Only)
Radio: KWRD 100.7 FM
Live Updates: Follow Carroll ISD on Twitter @carrollisd
The showdown between the top two teams in District 4-5A quickly became one-sided last Friday at Dragon Stadium. The Dragons continued their dominance in district with a 45-0 victory to take sole possession of first place.
The Dragons improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in 4-5A. Carroll jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and led 42-0 by halftime. Quarterback Kenny Hill led the offense with five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing). He tossed two first quarter TDs to Luke Timian (13 yards) and Ryan Weigel (29 yards). Hill also had a 44-yard rushing TD in the second quarter. The Dragons scored three points in the second half on a Drew Brown 30-yard field goal.
The Dragons finished with 509 yards of offense as Hill ended 17-for-24 with 296 yards passing and 83 yards rushing on eight carries. Running back A.J. Ezzard added 15 carries for 75 yards and one TD.
The victory also marked the Dragons’ third shutout of the season (second in district) as Northwest was held to 179 yards and just nine first downs. In the past six games, the Dragons’ defense has allowed just 17 points combined.
Carroll (6-1, 4-0) at Keller (2-5, 2-2) – District 4-5A
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 25
Site: Keller ISD Athletic Complex
The Carroll Dragons remained undefeated in District 4-5A and unloaded another impressive offensive attack Friday on Homecoming Night against Richland.
The Dragons were hardly rattled by Richland’s big play to start the game and responded with 63 unanswered points in a 63-7 victory at Dragon Stadium. Carroll improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district as the Dragons won their fifth consecutive game. It also marked the third time this season the Dragons have scored more than 60 points. Since the opening season loss against Allen, the Dragons have outscored teams 284-17 (57 points per game average).
Richland led 7-0 and then the Dragons went to work. Dragon quarterback Kenny Hill was unstoppable accounting for six touchdowns – four rushing and two passing. He scored TDs on four of his five keepers in the game and had 127 yards. He busted loose for four TD runs in the first quarter from 13, 5, 36 and 48 yards. In the second quarter, Hill added touchdown passes to Mike Gardiner and Luke Timian. Hill was 14-of-20 passing for 277 yards.
The Dragons held another huge district lead by halftime 49-7. Backup quarterback Ryan Agnew was 9-for-10 passing with 117 yards and one TD to Ryan McGiboney. Ten different Dragon receivers had receptions against Richland (2-4, 0-3).
This week the Dragons host Northwest in a clash of undefeated teams atop 4-5A. Northwest is 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district. Northwest is coming off a 24-21 victory against Haltom.
Northwest (5-1, 3-0) at Carroll (5-1, 3-0) – District 4-5A
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Oct. 19
Site: Dragon Stadium
Note: Both teams are tied for first in district.
The Carroll Dragons’ quickly rebounded from a season-opening loss with a resounding victory last Friday in the home opener against Midland. The Dragons exploded early and routed Midland 63-3 at Dragon Stadium. Carroll (1-1) led 28-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 by halftime.
The Dragons, who face Temple at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cowboys Stadium, were led by quarterback Kenny Hill. The senior Texas A&M commit threw for 311 yards on 17-of-23 passing and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 57 yards on five carries and two touchdowns. Running back A.J. Ezzard rushed for 89 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. For the game, the Dragons averaged 8.4 yards per carry and totaled 604 yards of offense. Defensively, the Dragons held Midland below 200 yards of total offense (196). The Dragons produced three interceptions and JB Copeland returned one for a 33-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Carroll’s leading receiver was Ryan Weigel, who finished with six catches for 115 yards. Mike Gardiner (81 yards), Ryan McGiboney (55) and Ryan Agnew (24) each had one touchdown reception. Agnew, a receiver and backup quarterback, also had six carries for 50 yards and one TD rushing and threw for a score.
Temple enters the game 2-0 with victories against Round Rock (41-24) and Austin Westlake (49-42). The Wildcats are led by quarterback Zach Allen, who has commited to Syracuse and is a three-year starter.
Carroll vs. Temple – Lone Star Football Festival
Time/Date: 7:30., Friday, Sept. 14
Site: Cowboys Stadium
Tickets/Seating: Click here for more information
Radio: 100.7 FM, Pre-game show begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Carroll Dragons, Class 5A Division I defending state champions, held their first day of practice Monday morning at Carroll Senior High School. Monday marked the first day of practice for Class 5A teams that held spring workouts.
The Dragons return quarterback Kenny Hill this season along with a host of key players from last year’s state championship. The Dragons will scrimmage at Duncanville Friday, Aug. 24.
The season opener is Friday, Aug. 31 at Allen High School, which will mark the opening of the Eagles’ new 18,000-seat stadium.