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.