For the second-to-last week of the high school football regular season, When In Texas visited one of the state's most successful programs: the Southlake Carroll Dragons. Proud owners of a state-record (shared with Celina High School) eight state championships, the Dragons are the state's winningest program since 2002.
While Southlake Carroll has seemingly been a powerhouse since the school's establishment in 1965, their statewide fame did not arrive until the 1980's when, led by legendary coach Bob Ledbetter, they dominated the 3A classification with 72 consecutive regular season victories on their way to capturing state titles in 1988, 1992 and 1993.
After a decade of booming growth in 1990's Southlake, Carroll High moved into the 5A classification in 2002, then the state's largest, and the Dragons took Texas by storm. Southlake Carroll went undefeated in their first 5A season, capturing their fourth state title and continuing undefeated until next year's championship match, which they lost to the Katy Tigers. That 2003 loss would be their only one for almost four years, as the Dragons went undefeated for three straight seasons, capturing consecutive state and national titles from 2004 to 2006.
Southlake Carroll's undefeated streak would end at the hands of Miami Northwestern High School in 2007 and their state championship winning streak would end later that year as well. The Dragons would go on to capture their latest title in 2011, capping a decade of dominance in which Southlake Carroll appeared in six of the ten 5A state championship games during that span, winning five of them.
This year, the Dragons are once again living up to their powerhouse reputation, after nine games they are still undefeated and have one more week to go in their regular season. They are ranked number 2 in the state by the AP and have clinched at least a share of their district title.
Catch up with the previous episodes of When In Texas by visiting the entries below and stay tuned for the final regular season posts coming next week.
Week 1: Woodlands College Park vs Pearland
Week 2: Mason vs De Leon
Week 3: West Rusk vs Sabine
Week 4: El Paso vs Jefferson Silva
Week 5: Katy vs Katy Taylor
Week 5: St. Anthony vs St. Stephen's
Week 6: Lufkin vs Whitehouse
Week 7: Midland Lee vs Odessa Permian
Week 8: Denison vs Sherman