It was a perfect day for Texas Playoff football down in Arlington, Texas Saturday. The Southlake Carroll Dragons and the Euless Trinity Trojans squared off in a fast paced quarterfinals match up. Ollie Gordon, Trinity’s running back, is fresh off a 455-yard, six touchdown performance last round against Allen High School.
After receiving the opening kick off, the Dragons wasted no time scoring. Quinn Ewers was quick to show who the best player on the field is. In just three-minutes Owen Allen was in the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. Euless would attempt to continue their hot-streak rushing the ball early and often. Unfortunately for the Trojans, the Southlake defense came to play, keeping them scoreless in the first quarter.
Quinn Ewers would really heat up in the second quarter throwing the ball all over the field. Ewers ended the first half with four passing touchdowns. Brady Boyd would be the beneficiary of the hot start. Ewers and Boyd would connect on passes from 38-yards, 11-yards and 65-yards for touchdowns.
Ollie Gordon tried his best to keep Trinity alive the entire game. He would score the first points of the day for the Trojans on a 75-yard touchdown with eight minutes left in the half. Fullback Joseph Luna would also get in on the action with a 50-yard burst of his own. Southlake would rally with a quick drive down the field to kick a field goal before halftime. Joe McFadden would make his 32-yard attempt, bringing the score to 38-21.
Things would get spicy, and tempers flared in the second half. The Dragons recovered a very suspect onside kick, though it seemed the Trojans had full recovery. Ewers and the Carroll Dragons remained just as on point as the first half, but the Trojans would fight hard.
Ollie Gordon burst in for his second score of the game. He would bounce and stiff-arm his way into the endzone. Gordon showed off why I think he is one of the most underrated running backs in the nation, mixing great balance and strength in his runs.
We had two great running backs on display tonight, and Owen Allen would be sure to remind us in the 4th quarter. Allen carried the ball over and over down the field for the Dragons. He would cap the drive off with a one-yard run, giving him his second touchdown of the game.
The score wouldnt stay 52-28 long though. On the next play Ollie Gordon broke off a 93-yard kickoff return to keep Trinity’s pulse going. Quinn Ewers just couldn’t be stopped though, connecting with Landon Samson and Brady Boyd once again to ice the game.
Quinn Ewers showed us exactly why he is the top player in the Class of 2022 with 450 passing yards, six touchdowns, and just one interception. Brady Boyd finished the game with a whopping 17 catches for 261-yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore running back, Owen Allen, carried the ball 31 times for 161-yards and two touchdowns. Ollie Gordon finished the game with over 200 total yards from scrimmage, and three total touchdowns.
Next week the Southlake Dragons will face off against the Duncanville Panthers to see who gets to play in the state finals. Duncanville is coming off a very solid overall win against DeSoto High School, 56-28. The game will be held at Globe Life Park once again, this time at 3 pm next Saturday.