2nd-half swoons a trend for Southlake Carroll

October, 3, 2011
Play in the second half has been an issue lately for Southlake Carroll.

The Dragons (5-0, 2-0 in District 7-5A) have been outscored 27-3 after the break in their last three games, including two games where they nearly coughed up huge halftime leads.

Against Keller Fossil Ridge two weeks ago, Carroll led 28-13 going into the third quarter but escaped with the win only by virtue of a failed two-point conversion attempt by the Panthers late in the fourth quarter. Carroll won, 28-26.

It happened again last week against Keller. The Dragons held a 26-7 halftime lead but let the Indians back in the game before surviving with a 26-21 win.

Even with the eye-raising almost-collapses, Carroll is in good position to challenge for the 7-5A title. The Dragons are tied for first place with Denton Guyer and Keller Central and control their own destiny with games against their co-leaders and Coppell ahead of them.

But Guyer may have assumed front-runner status with its 31-7 mauling of Coppell last week, a brutal game for the Cowboys that left starting quarterback Jake Larson on crutches. Carroll closes the regular season at Guyer.

The Dragons play at Justin Northwest on Friday.

Jeff Andrews

Jeff Andrews covers north Metroplex high schools for ESPNDallas.com. He covered high school sports for four years at the Denton Record-Chronicle. Andrews is a graduate of UNT.



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