Friday, March 31, 2023

Dragons Face Showdown with DeSoto in Class 6A Playoffs

jeterThe Carroll Dragons face a second-round playoff showdown with DeSoto on Friday.

Carroll (10-1) is coming off a first-round victory against Wylie. DeSoto (11-0) defeated Killeen 51-7. The Dragons enter the game ranked No. 8 in the Class 6A Associated Press poll and DeSoto is No. 2.

The Class 6A Division II Region I area playoff is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Plano ISD’s Kimbrough Stadium – located at 700 North Murphy Road, Murphy, Texas.

Carroll is led offensively by quarterback Mason Holmes and running back Audricke Gaines. Holmes has thrown for 2,204 yards with 15 TDs and six interceptions.

DeSoto quarterback Shawn Robinson, a TCU commitment and transfer from Denton Guyer, faces the Dragons for the third consecutive year in the playoffs. He led Guyer to a second-round playoff victory against the Dragons last season. Robinson has thrown for 2,146 yards and 19 TDs and five interceptions this season.

Gaines is one of the area’s leading rushers with 1,417 yards (six yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns.

Carroll (10-1) vs. Desoto (11-0) – Class 6A Division II Region I Area Playoff
Friday, Nov. 18
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Site: Plano ISD’s Kimbrough Stadium
Radio: 100.7 FM The Word (pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.)
TV: KTXA Ch. 21

Lady Dragons Earn Top Seed, Face McKinney Boyd in First Round

The Carroll Lady Dragons earned a big victory last week before the start of the playoffs.

Carroll defeated defending state champion Hebron in four games in a District 5-6A seeding playoff. With the victory, the Lady Dragons (39-6) earned the No. 1 seed out of 5-6A and face McKinney Boyd (37-9) on Tuesday. Boyd knocked Carroll out the playoffs last season.

Start time is 6:30 p.m. at Denton Braswell in this Class 6A Region I bi-district playoff. Braswell is located at 26750 E. University in Aubrey.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Dragons Drop Region Final Series Opener

Carroll pitcher Austin Tyrone threw three and 2/3 innings of relief and allowed two runs and had seven strikeouts.

FORT WORTH – Game 1 of the Class 5A Region I Final series between Arlington Martin and Carroll ended with a 7-3 Martin victory. Martin right-hander Collin Day, who has committed to Duke, threw 5 2/3 innings, only allowing three runs and five hits before a crowd of 2,500 at TCU’s Lupton Stadium. Closer Mike Hoffman followed Day and threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to seal the victory for the Warriors. The teams return to action in Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lupton Stadium.

Dragon starting pitcher Sean Thompson was bounced after two innings of work and gave up three runs and five hits and threw 54 pitches. Senior reliever Austin Tyrone, who had only a few appearances this season, threw three and 2/3 innings and allowed two runs and had seven strikeouts. Offensively, the Dragons were only able to rally five hits against the tough Martin pitching.  Junior catcher Hayden Zier had a key two-run double in the bottom of the 5th inning, scoring Tyler Barnes, who lead the inning off with a single. Sophomore Drew Brown also in the inning. Senior second baseman Darien McLemore added a home run in the bottom of the sixth, which the scoreboard in right-center field. Barnes also had a single earlier in the bottom of the second inning for the first hit of the game. Wednesday’s game also included a 30-minute lightning delay in the sixth inning.

The Dragons are in a familiar position. Carroll has won six eliminations games during the playoffs and lost the first game of two best-of-three series (Marcus, El Paso Montwood).

Carroll center fielder Tyler Barnes had two of the Dragons five hits against Martin on Wednesday night.

Adult tickets are $6 and students are $4. Stadium open at 6:30pm.

Lady Dragons Roll Past Mansfield Legacy; Face Marcus Showdown

The Carroll Lady Dragon soccer team produced its second consecutive shutout in the Class 5A postseason. Carroll (25-2-1) blanked Mansfield Legacy 3-0 last Thursday night at Pennington Field. With the victory, the Lady Dragons advanced to the third round for the first time in four seasons. It was also a record-setting night for the Lady Dragons. Leading scorer Sophie Groff scored two goals, pushing her to 35 for the season and a single-season record for Carroll. Read more about the game on the Star-Telegram website. The Lady Dragons advance to meet the winner of Marcus in the 5A Regional Quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northwest High School. Follow the Lady Dragons @SCLDS.

Carroll vs. Mansfield Legacy Highlights

Dragons State Semifinal Bound In 5A Division I

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Carroll Dragons handled the driving rain and the Martin Warriors to advance to the Class 5A Division I State Semifinals for the first time since 2006.

Carroll (14-0) withtstood difficult conditions and kept its playoff run alive with a 31-14 victory last Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium. The Dragons advance to meet Dallas Skyline (14-0) for a berth in the state championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ford Stadium.

Both teams went back and forth in the first half trading leads. Carroll held a 17-14 lead at halftime thanks to a 16-yard pass from Kenny Hill to Sabian Holmes. Hill had two passing touchdowns and rushed for two. He finished with 169 yards passing going 11-of-26. He added 16 carries for 59 yards. Holmes had both TD catches and finished with five catches for 92 yards. He also added an interception.

Again, the Carroll defense provided a huge performance. Martin was held scoreless in the second half and the Dragons produced three turnovers in the game. The second half has been the defense’s finest moments as the past three playoff opponents (Cedar Hill, Bowie and Martin) have been held scoreless in the final two quarters.

Dragons Survive Plano East In Opening Playoff

ARLINGTON — The Carroll Dragons knew they were in for a tough first-round matchup with Plano East. It was as expected.

The Dragons (11-0) held off the Panthers with an impressive defensive showing and enough clutch fourth-quarter plays to survive 23-16 Saturday in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff at Cowboys Stadium. Carroll advances to meet Cedar Hill at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in a Class 5A Division I area matchup and the opening game of a quadruple header.

With the scored tied 16-16, the Dragons produced a 15-play, 71-yard drive that was capped by A.J. Ezzard’s 1-yard touchdown run with 4:06 left in the game. It proved to be the game-winning score after Carroll’s defense held Plano East on downs (with 2:33 left) and produced an interception in the final minutes.

Plano East (6-5) entered the game averaging more than 500 yards per game, but was held to 248 yards and 11 first downs. Offensively, the Dragons had 429 yards and quarterback Kenny Hill had 215 passing and 176 rushing and one touchdown passing and rushing.

Dragons receiver Peyton Williams had a busy day with 12 catches for 135 yards and one TD, which came on a 9-yard pass with 3:51 left in the third quarter. The TD catch tied the game at 16-16. Sabian Holmes added five catches for 66 yards.