In honor of Southlake Sister Cities’ 10-year anniversary with the city of Tome, Japan, Southlake Mayor Pro Tem Randy Williamson, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Bledsoe, and Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher traveled to Tome on June 4, 2015 to participate in an official ceremony commemorating the anniversary.
Right behind them, a student delegation from Carroll I.S.D., including Valeria Aceves, Ana Warner, Erica Warner, Austin Hintze, and Evan Young, also traveled to Tome. The students were led by City of Southlake’s Community Services’ Cassie Tucker and her husband Jon-Erik Tucker.
The students departed on Monday, June 8, 2015 for their week long excursion that started with a thirteen hour flight and a two-hour bullet train ride on “Shinkansen,” to Tome City. The student delegation stayed with host families while visiting the city and took multiple guided tours led by Tome Sister Cities coordinator, Seikoh Sasaki. The students met with Tome Mayor Takahisa Fuse and Superintendent of the City Board of Education Nobuo Satoh. “Tome welcomed us and they were very excited to give our students the full Japan experience,” said Cassie Tucker.
Some of the activities include a boat ride down the Kitakami River, visits to several temples including the Kofukuji Temple where they practiced calligraphy, and a visit to Toyosato Junior High where the students acted as judges for English presentations.
The celebration concluded with a party on Friday night hosted by the city of Tome. They enjoyed traditional Japanese drumming along with over 100 citizens of Tome. Mr. Ito, President of Tome’s International Friendship Association, presented the students with small mementos to remember their experience. The whole experience was very exciting for all of the students; they made many friends and memories, while embracing the Japanese culture.
The Southlake Sister Cities program partners with the City of Southlake to offer exchange trips for both students and adults between Sister Cities Tome, Japan and Suzhou Wuzhong, China. For more information about Sister Cities and the exchange programs, please visit: www.southlakesistercities.org.
The Dragons rolled past Temple 38-7 last Friday at Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium. The Dragons improved to 2-1 on the season and will have a bye week before District 4-5A begins Friday, Sept. 27 at home against Keller Central.
Carroll led 21-7 at halftime. Dragon quarterback Ryan Agnew led the team to 490 offensive yards. He was 17-for-31 passing with 244 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 18 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Keaton Duhon was Carroll’s leading receiver with seven catches for 108 yards. Luke Timian and Joe Heineman each caught TD passes.
The Dragon defense forced four turnovers and held Temple scoreless in the second half. Carroll was led by linebacker J.B. Copeland, who had an interception and forced fumble and added six solo tackles and nine assists. Copeland is a candidate for the Star-Telegram’s player of the week.
The Dragons blanked Temple 34-0 before more than 10,000 fans Friday at Cowboys Stadium. In the past two weeks, Carroll (2-1) has outscored Midland and Temple 97-3 and the Dragon defense has not allowed a touchdown in nine consecutive quarters. This week the Dragons have an open date before opening 4-5A play Friday, Sept. 28 at Keller Central.
Carroll handed Temple (2-1) its first loss of the season behind a huge rushing performance by quarterback Kenny Hill. The senior rushed for a career-high 238 yards on 18 carries (13 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. He scored on runs of 49, 1 and 7 yards on the night. Hill was also 14-of-26 passing and completed passes to nine different Dragon receivers. Junior running back A.J. Ezzard added 72 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. Kicker Drew Brown chipped in two 20-yard field goals.
The Dragons held Temple to 38 yards rushing on 34 carries.
Carroll improved to 8-0 at Cowboys Stadium.
Watch highlights of the Dragon victory on the Star-Telegram’s website.
District 4-5A Opener
Carroll (2-1) at Keller Central (2-1)
Date: Friday, Sept. 28
Site: KISD Athletic Complex
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.