High School: Kenny Hill

SL Carroll QB Kenny Hill commits to A&M

April, 28, 2012
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Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill told ESPN Recruiting Nation's Damon Sayles Saturday that he has committed to Texas A&M, after announcing the selection on twitter.

"Offically committed to Texas A&M!!! #AggSwagg," Hill said on his twitter handle, @Kennyhill13.

Hill led Carroll to the 5A Division I state title last December and was a finalist in the Elite 11 competition that took place at Cowboys Stadium last month, which was won by Skyline's Devante Kincade.

Hill turned down offers from nine other schools, including Missouri, Ole Miss, Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech.

Here is Sayles story on Hill's decision (insider only).

Ring drives Carroll QB Hill to keep working

April, 4, 2012
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SOUTHLAKE, Texas -- Every now and then, Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill will take a look at the state championship ring in his room. It's kind of hard not to stare at it and it serves as a constant reminder of the hard work and multiple sacrifices Hill's had to endure -- the kind of work that has made him a definite player to watch as his recruiting process heats up.

There are Super Bowl rings that take a step back from what Hill and the other Carroll players and coaches received. The face features 40 diamonds around and a part of the school's "SC" logo -- which resembles the USC athletics logo. Around the border are eight emeralds, which represent the school's eight championships. Carroll and Celina are the only Texas public high schools with eight titles in their school histories.

"When I first got [the ring], I was like, 'Man, we actually did it,'" Hill said. "Now when I look at it, I say, 'A second one would be even better.'"

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was a script that had already been played out once this high school season: Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill and Dallas Skyline’s Devante Kincade battling for the right to be considered the best quarterback in the area.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comFormer NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer of ESPN was impressed that Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill could always give a little bit more.
After dueling it out in an instant classic UIL 5A Division I state semifinal game in December, the two lined up against each other Saturday as the only two area finalists for the Dallas Nike Elite 11 camp.

The next chapter in this tale ended in a push between Hill and Kincade. Hill returned home from Cowboys Stadium to the state championship ring he received Thursday, and Kincade took home the first invitation to the July national Elite 11 camp in Redondo Beach, Calif.

“He came out here and did exactly what he showed on film,” Hill said. “He’s a great player. He came out here and played lights out all day and got the bid.”

Saturday’s camp ended in déjà vu, pairing off Kincade and Hill, among three other finalists, in a battle of hurry-up offense skills, which Hill used to score the game-winning touchdown against Skyline months earlier. Hill said he settled into his zone during the drill, after what he believed was a rusty start to the day.

Football gave way to baseball in Hill’s focus as he now spends his time protecting the hot corner for the Carroll baseball team. The slight differences in the mechanics of throwing between the two were evident to camp coach and ESPN personality Trent Dilfer.

“He’s playing baseball full time right now, so he’s not training as a quarterback,” Dilfer said. “So mechanically he’s a little rusty, but he competed. Every time you pushed the button, every time you wanted a little more, he gave you a little more. I wanted to see, is this a guy who is the biggest, badest athlete -- is that why he’s good? Or is he a guy that the higher the competition gets? It’s going to bring more out of him and he’s definitely one of those guys. The tighter you squeeze him the more you get out of him. I was thrilled to death with Kenny Hill today.”

Hill agreed he could have put on more of a show had he been throwing a football the past few weeks instead of a baseball, but he was confident he could take on any of the quarterbacks present in drills throwing out runners at home.

“I thought I could have done much better,” Hill said. “I haven’t really been throwing a football as much as I’ve been throwing the baseball around. Still, I came out here and did what I can. I thought I had a pretty good day -- I started off slow but picked it up towards the end but overall thought I did well.”

Hill, who now returns to the baseball diamond, finished as one of the top five quarterbacks in the region. He has football offers from Ole Miss, Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU and Texas Tech. Kincade will work to claim the crown as the top quarterback in the nation. He knows he has much greater expectations awaiting him in the 2013 football season after proving his high-caliber talent Saturday.

“It speaks volumes to me,” Hill said. “It shows me where I am, but losing to him and seeing all the people that are here really shows me where I’m at in the state and the nation makes me feel pretty good right now, but I still have to keep working.”


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Halfway through Saturday's Nike Elite 11 camp, coach and ESPN personality Trent Dilfer issued a warning to those quarterbacks who were lackadaisical going through the motions of the drills.

In his opinion, they needed to get on the same level of intensity demonstrated by Dallas Skyline quarterback DeVante Kincade, because he was putting distance between himself and the rest of the pack for the camp MVP honors.

The intensity rose but none could catch up to Kincade, who picked up the first invite to the national Elite camp in July with his MVP selection.

Five quarterbacks were selected to participate in a final two-minute drill simulation at the end of the camp, which included Kincade and Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill.

Click here for more information on Kincade's elite performance.

MVPs: Southlake Carroll's Hill, Aledo's Gray

January, 4, 2012
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MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

Class 5A: QB Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior quarterback embodied the “never quit’’ spirit of the 16-0 Class 5A Division I state champion Dragons.

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Five times in the playoffs, including the 36-29 state championship victory over Fort Bend Hightower, Carroll was forced to come from behind. And whether it was with his arm or his powerful runs, Hill was leading the way.

Hill completed 63 percent of his 386 passes for 2,942 yards and 25 touchdowns. He carried the ball 281 times for 1,385 yards and 24 scores.

In the state title game in front over 42,000 at Cowboys Stadium, Hill threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more as the Dragons rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to win the school’s first state title since 2006.

Even more miraculous was the comeback engineered by Hill and company in the 28-24 state semifinal win over Dallas Skyline when the quarterback rushed for two touchdowns in the final 1:07.

Hill led Southlake Carroll to the fourth round of the Class 5A Division II playoffs a year ago and was named ESPNDallas.com’s Class 5A top newcomer. He is the son of former major league pitcher Ken Hill.

Class 4A: RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo

The record-setting 5-foot-11, 202-pound running back capped his high school career by helping the Bearcats win their third straight Class 4A Division II state title.

In Aledo’s 48-28 victory over Manvel in the state final, Gray gave the crowd of over 43,000 at Cowboys Stadium a treat by breaking the national high school career record for touchdowns with 205.

Aledo rebounded from a 1-2 start to win its final 13 games.

Gray, who announced his commitment to the University of Texas four months before his senior season, rushed for 3,905 yards on 346 carries, scoring 65 touchdowns. He added 567 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 28 catches.

For his high school career, Gray finished No. 3 on the career rushing list with 10,908 yards and finished second in career points with 1,232.

He was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Gray was ESPNDallas.com’s Class 4A offensive player of the year last season. He is the son of former Texas Tech running back James Gray.
GAMES OF THE YEAR

Class 5A: Southlake Carroll vs. Dallas Skyline

No high school game this season was raised to the attention of the public like the 5A Division I state semifinal between Southlake Carroll and Dallas Skyline at SMU’s Ford Stadium.

Carroll trailed the arguably more talented Skyline squad the entire game but managed to work the deficit to three with just over a minute left on a 3-yard dive by quarterback Kenny Hill. The play was made possible by a pass interference call on Skyline that remains one of many points of contention to the Skyline faithful.

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Ray Crockett then made the most controversial play of the game, recovering the onside kick in the air, directly over the 50-yard line which was the required 10 yards the kick had to travel.

Two plays later, Hill completed the comeback, running in a 35-yard rush for the game-winning touchdown, bringing the score to 28-24.

During the play, a fox ran through the heard of players storming down the field, toward the grass hill at Ford Stadium. It escaped the Carroll crowd up the hill and out the gate, but it didn’t escape the imaginations of the Dragons. Carroll fans showed up to the 5A Division I state final with stuffed foxes as a show of support and a cheerleader dressed as a fox appeared on the sideline as a sidekick to Carroll’s traditional dragon mascot.

The outcry of Skyline fans toward the officiating in the game was heard by the media, local and national, as soon as the game ended and the UIL’s voicemail boxes were filled to capacity over the weekend.

Even Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway issued a statement questioning the calls in the game.

Regardless of the debate, Carroll rode it’s “Sliver Fox Swag” to a 36-29 win over Fort Bend Hightower in the state finals to claim the school’s eighth football title.

Class 4A: Highland Park vs. Rockwall-Heath

Rockwall-Heath’s defense stood strong against three straight Highland Park runs up the middle from inside Rockwall-Heath five, but Highland Park running back Preston Miller would not be denied a fourth time, leading his team to a 31-30 overtime district win.

Rockwall-Heath had scored on the first possession of overtime on an 11-yard rush by Rico Henderson, but the point-after try wobbled low and left, hitting the upright and bouncing back onto the field.

Highland Park was able to work the ball down to the Rockwall-Heath 5, and until Miller’s fourth-down, second-effort push into the end zone, it appeared Heath’s defense would render the missed PAT useless.

But Miller did his job and burst into the end zone, putting the pressure on Highland Park kicker Nick Rose.

Rose overcame his nerves and split the uprights for the win, which would ultimately give Highland Park the District 10-4A title after handing Rockwall-Heath its only district loss of the season.

QB Hill, Wasson join elite circles at SL Carroll

December, 17, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Hal Wasson stepped into Todd Dodge's shadow when he took the head coaching job at Southlake Carroll in 2007.

With Carroll's 36-29 win over Fort Bend Hightower on Saturday, Wasson stepped out of it.

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Travis L. Brown for ESPNDallas.comSouthlake Carroll junior quarterback Kenny Hill accounted for four touchdowns and 345 yards in the Class 5A Division I state championship game.
The win gives Carroll (16-0) its first state title under "The Silver Fox" and its eighth overall, tying Celina for the most in Texas history.

"I never came in trying to replace Todd Dodge," Wasson said. "I have tremendous respect for him. He's not replaceable. I just chose to be myself."

Wasson joins Dodge and Bob Ledbetter as coaches who've won state titles at Carroll, but he's not the only one who joined an illustrious and exclusive Carroll fraternity.

Quarterback Kenny Hill joins Chase Daniel, Greg McElroy and Riley Dodge among others as Dragon signal-callers who capped undefeated seasons with a state championship.

That list includes a Heisman Trophy finalist (Daniel), a national champion (McElroy) and a national high school player of the year (Dodge).

Hill was named the title game's offensive MVP. He threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns in addition to 116 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

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"It's an amazing feeling," Hill said. "I don't think I could ever compare to those guys who came through here. I'm just trying to be the best I can be."

It's fitting that Wasson won his title at Carroll with Hill as his quarterback. Hill was thrust into the starting role following Daxx Garman being ruled ineligible right before the 2010 season, a controversy that had the potential to unravel Wasson's tenure with the Dragons.

Instead, Hill blossomed in the 2010 playoffs, leading Carroll to the region finals a year before leading the Dragons to a state title.

Just a junior, Hill has a chance to win another title with Wasson in 2012.

Carroll stops Hightower, ties record with 8th title

December, 17, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It is like old times for Southlake Carroll.

The Dragons are on top of the Texas high school football world again after defeating Fort Bend Hightower, 36-29, in the Class 5A Division I state championship game Saturday evening before 42,822 at Cowboys Stadium.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com Southlake Carroll raised a football state championship trophy for the eighth time, tying Celina for the Texas record.
And thanks to the win, Southlake Carroll became the second school in Texas to own eight state championships, tying Celina for the record. Abilene, Brownwood and Plano all have seven.

This Dragons' victory followed a typical pattern throughout the playoffs. They had to come from behind three times against a more athletic team and did it with the running and passing of junior quarterback Kenny Hill and a defense led by linebacker Will Davis that came up with two game-changing plays in the second half.

Hill accounted for 345 yards and all four touchdowns. He rushed for 116 yards and two scores and completed 19-of-24 for 229 yards and two more scores.

It was Hill’s 6-yard touchdown run with 9:18 remaining that put the Dragons (16-0) ahead for good.

And it was a 7-yard run by Hill on third-and-5 with 1:12 remaining that officially signaled celebration time for Dragon Nation.

Both of Hill’s touchdown throws came after Hightower (13-3) had opened its largest lead of 23-14. Hill went to Sabian Holmes for 59 yards on a post route to cut the Hightower lead to 23-21 and went deep middle again for a 25-yard score to Corey Kemp for a 28-23 Carroll lead.

The opportunity for the Hill-to-Kemp score came about because Davis broke through to drop elusive Hightower quarterback Bralon Addison for a loss of 4 yards on fourth down.

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After Addison motored 80 yards to put Hightower ahead 29-28, Davis made his second defensive game-changer, pulling the ball out of the arms of receiver Ryan Nelson and then making the recovery of the fumble himself.

Five years without a state title might not be called a slump at most schools, but it wasn’t that long ago -- 2002-2006 to be exact -- that Southlake Carroll was reeling off four state titles in a five-year span.

Enter Hal Wasson, who had the difficult task of replacing Todd Dodge as Dragons' head coach.

Wasson said he gave the same advice to Hill, following in a long line of successful quarterbacks, that he applied to himself in following Dodge: “Be yourself.’’

Said Wasson: “Nothing has come easy. But the work ethic of these players has personally taught me life lessons.’’

Southlake Carroll coach Hal Wasson doesn’t like to get caught up in comparisons between Kenny Hill and the great Dragons quarterbacks of the past.

In his mind, there is no comparison. Chase Wasson, Chase Daniel, Greg McElroy and Riley Dodge all have state-title rings. Hill, a junior, doesn’t.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comKenny Hill has accounted for 42 touchdowns for Southlake Carroll, 23 passing and 19 rushing.
At least not yet anyway, but the Dragons are just two wins away from changing that.

And if they do win their first state title since the Todd Dodge era, Hill will be the one to lead them despite having the enormous pressure of living up to the legacy of not just one, but four state champion quarterbacks from the recent past.

“There’s a kind of fraternity there,” Wasson said of Carroll and its long history of producing FBS quarterbacks. “It’s a very positive thing. In our quarterback clinics, we’ll say ‘These are the things Chase Wasson did well. These are the things Chase Daniel did well. But you’re Kenny Hill. You’re you. You’re not them.’”

Hill’s success comes despite being thrown into the fire as a sophomore. In 2010, he was thrust into the starting role following the Daxx Garman controversy, but Hill was as prepared a sophomore could be for that situation.

He’s played quarterback dating back to his days in youth football, and his father – former Rangers pitcher Ken Hill – knows a thing or two about preparing for a life in athletics.

“We knew he was a good athlete and could throw the ball, but the thing that really impressed me initially was his demeanor,” Wasson said of Hill. “I saw in his eyes that he wasn’t really overwhelmed by any of it. I’m sure he was to some degree but he really didn’t show it outwardly. That’s impressed me.”

Wasson recalled Carroll’s 35-17 loss to what turned out to be a very good Coppell team in 2010. Making just his third career start, Hill struggled with the speed of the game and threw an early interception that seemed to rattle him, but Wasson noticed the sophomore learning as the game went along.

In Carroll’s area-round playoff game against Colleyville Heritage at Cowboys Stadium that same year, Wasson saw Hill take a leap forward. Hill threw another early pick in a big game, but there was a different look in Hill’s eyes this time.

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“I was comforted because he came off the field and knew exactly what happened,” Wasson said. “He responded in a flurry, like it ignited him to a whole different level. That’s when I knew this guy has the ‘it.’”

Hill has since taken on an expanded role in Carroll’s offense. The Dragons are much more apt to throw the ball this year as Hill has 2,679 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, and the running game has become almost solely the quarterback. Hill has rushed for 1,197 yards and 19 touchdowns.

“He’s more of a complete playmaker now,” Wasson said.

Because of Hill’s rapid maturation, the Dragons (14-0) have a chance to win a state title and will likely be in contention next year as well, when Hill is a senior.

Hill stands to be one the most highly recruited quarterback in his class in the area and could be more highly sought after than his illustrious predecessors.

And adding a state title to his resume certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Injury to Southlake Carroll QB Hill not serious

October, 31, 2011
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Southlake Carroll fans can rest easy. Quarterback Kenny Hill is not seriously injured.

The junior signal-caller didn’t play in Carroll’s 45-14 win over Saginaw last week, but head coach Hal Wasson said Hill’s absence was merely a precaution and that he’d play in Carroll’s regular-season finale at Denton Guyer on Friday.

“We held him out with a little tweak he had and he’ll be fine,” Wasson said. “He could have played if he had to but we didn’t use him.”

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comKenny Hill will be back for Southlake Carroll's regular-season finale after he missed the Dragons' win over Saginaw.
Drew Ahmuty, who started at quarterback to open the 2010 season after Daxx Garman was ruled ineligible, filled in for Hill against Saginaw and played well, going 16-for-20 for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

Ahmuty provides Carroll (9-0, 6-0 in 7-5A) with a luxury that not many teams have: a backup quarterback who’s won at the varsity level.

“Drew did a really good job,” Wasson said. “We have a lot of confidence in Drew.”

Despite having clinched a playoff berth, Carroll’s postseason path has yet to be decided. The Dragons, No. 6 in the ESPNDallas.com 5A area rankings, don’t even know if they’re going Division I or Division II.

That’s made it hard on Carroll’s coaching staff to plan for the playoffs. Usually at this point a team can narrow down its first-round opponent to a couple of teams and some even know who it’s going to be.

But Carroll’s playoff opener could be against Hebron, Flower Mound Marcus, Plano West or Plano East, and who the Dragons would play after that gets even messier given that they don’t even know which bracket their going to be in.

Coppell (6-3, 3-3) will decide which bracket Carroll gets in. If Coppell misses the playoffs, Carroll will go Division I. If Carroll goes Division I, it will play either Plano West or Plano East.

If Coppell misses the playoffs, Carroll will go Division II. The winner of Carroll’s game with Denton Guyer will be the top seed, but even knowing its seeding won't automatically determine Carroll's first-round opponent because Marcus and Hebron are playing on Friday in a game that will decide Division II seeding in 8-5A.

“It’s going to come down to the last week,” Wasson said. “That keeps your players on point, it keeps your fans on point and it makes for an exciting finish, that’s for sure.”
What a difference a year makes for Southlake Carroll at the quarterback position.

The morning of its 2010 opener against Copperas Cove, former scheduled starting quarterback Daxx Garman was ruled ineligible for the season. The Dragons lost the game, 35-14.

In the rematch against Copperas Cove on Friday, Kenny Hill turned in an amazing performance in a 38-31 comeback win.

Hill threw for 402 yards and four touchdowns in addition to scoring on a 9-yard run in the final seconds to give Carroll the win after it trailed 28-17 early in the third quarter.

The junior showed his trademark efficiency, too. He completed more than 70 percent of his passes, most of which went to receivers Peyton Williams (145 yards, one touchdown) and Sabian Holmes (167 yards, two touchdowns).

Hill’s performance overshadowed those of Copperas Cove QB Orlando Thomas, a Texas commit, and running back Brandon Hamilton. Both had huge games running the ball, gaining 178 and 165 yards, respectively.

Carroll (1-0), which rose two spots to No. 4 in the ESPNDallas.com 5A area rankings, hosts Hurst L.D. Bell (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
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KENNY HILL
School, class: Southlake Carroll, Jr.
2010 Stats: 156-for-214, 1,752 yards, 6 TDs

In Hill's first season as the starting quarterback, Carroll was suffering from the instability of losing expected starter Daxx Garman to ineligibility the day of the Dragons' first game in 2010.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com Quarterback Kenny Hill guided Southlake Carroll to the regional final round as a sophomore.
Hill stepped in and provided Carroll with much-needed consistency that helped it reach the 5A Division II state quarterfinals.

Hill is an all-around athlete with the ability to run and throw, and he can throw with accuracy -- completing over 70 percent of his passes in 2010.

The poise he possesses as an athlete and a leader on the field, in part, can be credited to having former Rangers pitcher Ken Hill as his father. That pedigree gives Hill a certain mental advantage on the field, Carroll head coach Hal Wasson said.

“He’s been raised the son of a great athlete and there’s things he has in his toolbox that he’s seen from birth as a kid,” Wasson said.

While Hill already posses the tools to be a successful quarterback, he still has plenty of potential to improve during his junior year. Wasson said he believes Hill will show improvements to his game week by week throughout the season that could help him leave his mark in a line of very successful Carroll quarterbacks.

Part of that legacy will most certainly include Hill’s opportunity to get retribution for three key losses the Dragons suffered last season against Copperas Cove in the first game of the season and Coppell and Denton Guyer in District 7-5A play. Guyer beat Carroll twice last season, once at Dragon Stadium in the last game of the regular season and then in the state quarterfinals at Cowboys Stadium.

If Hill can mature into a veteran quarterback in his junior year, he will be something special for a very good Carroll team in 2011.

Kenny Hill, Nick Harvey are top newcomers

December, 29, 2010
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Newcomers of the Year

Class 5A: QB Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll

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  • Third on the depth chart at the start of the season, the talented sophomore took over as starter by the fifth game of the season and helped guide the Dragons to a 10-4 record and their deepest playoff run since 2006.

    The son of former major league baseball pitcher Ken Hill proved proficient as a passer and runner. He completed 73 percent of his passes for 1,761 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a rusher, Hill gained 435 yards and seven touchdowns in 115 attempts.

    Coach Hal Wasson’s confidence in Hill was evident in his team’s 38-24 regional playoff win over Abilene when the quarterback was trusted with the ball-carrying duty on the Dragons’ last possession. Hill rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two, including one for 94 yards, in the win.

    Class 4A: QB/DB Nick Harvey, Lancaster

    Harvey earned recognition on a list of the nation’s top 10 freshmen in a season that saw him start at defensive back and quarterback.

    While sharing time at quarterback, Harvey threw for 524 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 665 yards and five touchdowns.

    As a defensive back, Harvey intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown in a season-opening win over Carter.

    In perhaps Lancaster’s biggest win in 2010, 42-21 over West Mesquite, Harvey rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns and threw for a fourth score.

    Southlake fits underdog label against Guyer

    December, 2, 2010
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    Southlake Carroll's home win streak of over 40 games was snapped at the hands of J.W. Walsh and Denton Guyer almost a month ago.

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    A banner that read "47-1" was left in an end zone after the game at Dragon Stadium and added fuel to an already raging fire.

    Fast forward to Saturday when Southlake Carroll and Denton Guyer will face off again, this time in the regional final of the Class 5A Division II state playoffs.

    "Of course we were disappointed," Southlake head coach Hal Wasson said of his team's 28-14 loss to Guyer in early November, "but we know we have a tremendous challenge right now, and we've got to stay focused and locked in on the things that we can do best to try and win a football game."

    One area the Dragons have excelled of late is at quarterback behind Kenny Hill.

    Hill took over starting duties five games into the season and has developed into a high-caliber, dual-threat quarterback, throwing for 1,568 yards and rushing for 404.


    "He's very blessed with the 'it' factor," Wasson said. "The thing we first noticed about Kenny was he is very calm and collected even under pressure, under duress. That's a mature thing about him. I think our football team feeds off of it. In fact, he's kind of symbolic of our team."

    Wasson said Hill's transition from a "work in progress" mirrors the Dragons' turnaround from early-season adversity to a team making a deeper playoff run this season than last. He said as Hill developed, the team developed.

    Part of Guyer's success against Southlake in the first matchup was Walsh's ability to throw the deep pass over the top of the Southlake secondary. Walsh threw for 139 yards and two touchdowns, including a 59-yard strike to Connor Crane.

    Walsh, who has committed to Oklahoma State, drew high praise from Wasson, who said his team would have to find a way to control him to have success in the rematch.

    "J.W. Walsh is a very special player, kind of one of those once-in-a-lifetime players," Wasson said. "He exposes a lot of teams. We've got to do a really great job of controlling their offense. You don't go into it saying we're going to cold stone stop them, because I don't know if that's realistic. We've got to do the best we can to manage him and try and get a foothold in this game."

    One thing has become evident about Southlake this season -- its ability to overcome adversity. The Dragons head into Saturday's game in an unfamiliar role as an underdog, but it's a label the team appears to embrace, Wasson said.

    "Yes, there's no secret, we went through great adversity," Wasson said. "Was it fair we had to go through that, was it a fair thing? Well I have my own opinion about that, but we had to deal with it and go through with it. Fortunately, the character of this football team really shone at that time, and they chose through their mindset to make it make us stronger and focus on what we could control and not focus on things he said, she said."

    Carroll QB Hill talks about knocking off Abilene

    November, 29, 2010
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    Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill discusses the Dragons' 38-24 win over Abilene in the Class 5A Division II Region I semifinals.

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