The Southlake Carroll Dragons will take on the undefeated Byron Nelson Bobcats in the quarterfinals of the 2023 UIL Texas Football State Championships – 2023 Football Conference 6A D2. The game will be held at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, TX on Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 PM ET.
How to Watch
What it is: Texas Varsity Boys Football
Matchup: Southlake Carroll Dragons vs. Byron Nelson Bobcat
Date: Saturday Dec. 2, 2023
Time: 7:30pm ET
Locations: Choctaw Stadium, Arlington, TX
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Both teams come into the game with impressive records. Southlake Carroll is 12-1, while Byron Nelson is 13-0. The Dragons have averaged 54.5 points per game this season, while the Bobcats have averaged 49.5 points per game.
The Dragons are led by running back Davis Penn, who averages 103.3 yards per game. Quarterback Graham Knowles is also a key contributor to the Dragons’ offense, averaging 224.2 yards passing per game.
The Bobcats are led by running back Tucker James, who averages 105.6 yards per game. Quarterback Tom Von grote is also a threat through the air, averaging 227.8 yards passing per game.
The Bobcats defeated the Dragons 34-17 in their regular-season matchup on October 27, 2023. However, the Dragons are looking to avenge that loss and advance to the semifinals.
The Dragons have the edge in national and state rankings, with Southlake Carroll at 54 and 5, respectively, and Byron Nelson at 65 and 6. However, the Bobcats have the edge in section and division rankings, with Byron Nelson at 5 and 6, respectively, and Southlake Carroll at 4 and 5.
The Dragons and Bobcats have met twice before, with the Bobcats winning both games. However, the Dragons are confident that they can turn the tables in this year’s playoff matchup.
Davis Penn (Southlake Carroll) vs. Tucker James (Byron Nelson)
Graham Knowles (Southlake Carroll) vs. Tom Von grote (Byron Nelson)
Dustan Mark (Southlake Carroll) vs. Ashton Williams (Byron Nelson)
Dustan Mark (Southlake Carroll) vs. Campbell Blair (Byron Nelson)
This game is too close to call. Both teams are evenly matched and have the potential to win. However, I give a slight edge to the Southlake Carroll Dragons because of their experience and home-field advantage. I predict that the Dragons will win the game 35-32.
How to Watch
The game will be streamed live on the NFHS Network. You can also listen to the game live on the Southlake Carroll Dragons football radio station.