Location: Southlake, Texas
18-19 Record: 13-1
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: Riley Dodge appears to have the Southlake Carroll back on song. The son of legendary former Carroll coach Todd Dodge, Riley led the Dragons to an undefeated campaign before they ran into the Duncanville buzzsaw in the playoffs. That success felt more like a legitimate system change than a one-year bump. If they’re to compete with the Texas powers of Duncanville, Allen, North Shore and Lake Travis, the Dragons will have to do so with their defense.
Led by one of the top safeties in the nation, Clemson commit RJ Mickens, and the two team-leading tacklers last season in 2020 graduates Preston Forney (120 tackles, 11 for loss, four sacks, one interception) and Graham Faloona (119 tackles, two for loss, one sack), the Dragons likely can overcome the loss of 2019 grads such as sacks leader Michael Parrish.
The offense is a bigger question mark. How will the Dragons fare without quarterback Will Bowers or running back TJ McDaniel, who rushed for 2,000 yards and 33 scores last year? The remaining players from last year who had any carries combined for 13 rushes, according to MaxPreps, and none of them were running backs. Southlake Carroll has potential, but there are issues that need to be solved in the coming months.