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

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.