Car­roll, Trin­ity 2006 play­off game was epic — ex­pect more of the same this time

Star-Telegram - - Sports - BY BRIAN GOSSET bgos­[email protected]­

The year was 2006 and a young Ri­ley Dodge was sport­ing the tra­di­tional blonde hair as the start­ing quar­ter­back for the South­lake Car­roll Dragons and his head coach/fa­ther Todd Dodge.

Across the way was a fa­mil­iar face, one that had ties with South­lake well be­fore kick­off: Eu­less Trin­ity’s Steve Lineweaver.

It was the 5A area round, but it felt like a state ti­tle game. Both teams won a state cham­pi­onship the year be­fore with Trin­ity tak­ing the 5A Di­vi­sion I crown while Car­roll had won its se­cond-straight and third in four years.

Played at Texas Sta­dium, which had a ca­pac­ity of over 65,000, the seats were filled all the way to the up­per bowl. A sea of green and white on one side and a sea of red and black on the other as both teams en­tered 11-0, and No. 1 and 2 in the state.

The of­fi­cial at­ten­dance that day was 46,339 — Allen and Pear­land’s 5A Di­vi­sion I state ti­tle game in 2013 is the state record with 54,347. Allen and Cy­press Ranch had 52,308 in their 6A Di­vi­sion I ti­tle game a year later.

And sur­pris­ingly enough it was the first meet­ing be­tween the two schools sep­a­rated just 15 miles apart.

The Tro­jans held a 2116 lead with four min­utes left in the game after a 69-yard TD from Jus­tise Camp­bell, as Trin­ity’s de­fense was hold­ing Car­roll’s po­tent of­fense well un­der its 44-point per game av­er­age.

Trin­ity tried to seal the game with a fake punt, but it didn’t go as planned. Ri­ley would later run it in with 37 sec­onds left for a 22-21 win, SLC’s 44th straight vic­tory. The Dragons ul­ti­mately went on to win an­other state ti­tle.

Fast-for­ward to Fri­day’s show­down and it will be the eighth meet­ing be­tween the two pow­er­houses. This one will kick­off at Apogee Sta­dium in Den­ton at 7 p.m. The game will be broad­cast live on TXA 21.

There are still plenty of sim­i­lar­i­ties in this one as there were 12 years ago.

Dodge is still with Car­roll, only this time as a first-year head coach. The Dragons are also un­de­feated and state ranked too.

Chris Jensen is the head coach at Trin­ity. He was Lineweaver’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor dur­ing that 2006 game.

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