Abilene recovers fumble, ending Southlake Carroll's Texas streak at 58

Updated: December 1, 2007, 11:11 PM ET
Associated Press

IRVING, Texas -- One of the original dynasties in Texas high school football ended the state's latest run of dominance Saturday.

Abilene High recovered a fumble by Southlake Carroll when the Dragons were trying to set up for a field goal in the final seconds of a 22-21 playoff loss that ended their three-year run of Class 5A championships and snapped a 58-game winning streak against Texas teams.

Carroll (11-2), which had a 49-game winning streak snapped in a loss to Miami Northwestern earlier this season, hadn't lost to a Texas team since falling to Katy 16-15 in the 2003 5A Division II championship game.

The loss to Miami Northwestern left the Dragons one game short of Abilene's 50-game winning streak in the 1950s, a state record for big schools. The War Eagles won three straight state titles from 1954-56.

Carroll won back-to-back 5A Division II titles in 2004-05 and won the 5A Division I championship last season. The Dragons also won the 5A Division II title in 2002, giving them four championships in five years coming into this season.

All of those titles came under former coach Todd Dodge, who made the rare jump from high school to the highest division of college football. Dodge finished 2-10 in his first season at North Texas, including a 38-19 loss Saturday night that ended Florida International's 23-game losing streak in the final college game at Miami's Orange Bowl.

Dodge's son, Riley Dodge, was going for his second title as Carroll's starting quarterback, but he left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. His backup, Kyle Padron, fumbled a snap at the Abilene 10-yard line with eight seconds left. Abilene (12-1) recovered and took a knee for the win.

"No one said life was fair," Carroll coach Hal Wasson said. "It's one of the hazards of the game."

Riley Dodge has orally committed to play for his dad at North Texas. Todd Dodge was the starting quarterback at Texas in the 1980s.


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