DALLAS -- Southlake Carroll wide receiver Sabian Holmes was hardly able to speak.
He had just helped free Dragon quarterback Kenny Hill for a 35-yard touchdown run to finish off one of the biggest comeback wins in team history.
"This was the most unrealistic thing I've ever been a part of in my life," Holmes said through joyful tears. "I'm so proud of my team. I love these guys to the end. We knew we had to keep going. We knew it wasn't over."
Carroll (15-0) erased a 10-point Dallas Skyline lead in the final 1:07 of Saturday's Class 5A Division I state semifinal at SMU's Ford Stadium on two TD runs from Hill with a perfect onside kick in between. A crazy final two minutes gave Carroll a 28-24 win in a game the coaches, players and fans will not forget.
"This was No. 1," Carroll coach Hal Wasson said after the emotional win. "I've been blessed to be around a lot of people who have believed in me, and this was the greatest comeback I've been a part of."
Skyline (14-1) had taken a 24-14 lead on a 34-yard field goal with 2:19 left.
But the Dragons didn't doubt. Hill led a touchdown drive that ended with him running 3 yards up the middle to cut Skyline's lead to 24-21.
"We said: 'If we get this touchdown, we're going to recover the onside kick,'" Hill said. "We had faith in our team the whole time."
Carroll lined up for that onside kick, needing a perfect bounce. And the Dragons got it. The ball hit inches past the 50 and bounced back into Carroll receiver Ray Crockett's hands.
"Ray Crockett is a basketball player, and we needed his leverage to go up and snag that ball," Wasson said. "What a great play. That will go down in Dragon history."
Running back A.J. Ezzard ran for 15 yards to put Carroll in field-goal range, but the Dragons didn't settle for a tying attempt. Hill rushed down the right sideline, with the Carroll fans erupting with each step, 35 yards and into the end zone.
"It was wide open," Hill said. "My O-line did a great job. I got a big block, our receivers got blocks, and I got in."
The Raiders' defense had stifled Carroll for much of the game. Carroll gained just 287 yards; Skyline totaled 447 yards.
"Skyline is very well coached," Wasson said. "They have a great defense with a lot of speed and athleticism over there. Our offense, as it has all year, was resilient."
Carroll, which is back in a title game for the first time since 2006, will play Fort Bend Hightower at Cowboys Stadium at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Brent Shirley, 817-390-7760