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Watch: Riley Dodge talks Southlake Carroll's blueprint to success

Football coaching changes abound at area high schools

Southlake Carroll, Fort Worth Paschal and White Settlement Brewer have each made coaching changes, while head football coach vacancies still exist at Crowley and North Crowley.
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Southlake Carroll, Fort Worth Paschal and White Settlement Brewer have each made coaching changes, while head football coach vacancies still exist at Crowley and North Crowley.

The Riley Dodge coaching era at Southlake Carroll has officially gotten underway.

With the arrival of spring football came the arrival of new Dragons head coach Riley Dodge, who spoke with CBS 11's Bill Jones about taking over a program that he won a state title at as its starting quarterback in 2006 and whose father, Todd Dodge, led SLC to four state championships.

Watch the video interview here.

"The ceiling is high for us, but I’m not going to put a number on it," Dodge said. "I think if we take care of business – coach talk, but it’s very true, we’ll be okay."

Dodge was hired in March to replace Hal Wasson, who resigned in Feb. He understands the immediate comparisons onlookers will want to make with his father, but he's out to blaze his own trail.

"You can’t replace 79-1 – that’s tough," Dodge said of the remarkable streak his father led the Dragons on in the midst of those state titles. "We’ll try to replicate it the best we can, but it’s not something we’re going to lose sleep on."

Dodge went on to say that the blueprint is going to look very similar to the one Carroll had from 2002-07.

The Dragons, who were reclassified into a district with four Keller schools, Denton Guyer, Haslet Eaton and Trophy Club Nelson, return top prospects in QB Will Bowers, RB T.J. McDaniel and DB R.J. Mickens.

"One thing we talk about, even playing quarterback, you can’t get too high on your highs and too low on your lows," Dodge said. "You’re going to have good days and you’re going to have bad days, but you want to be the same guy every day."

Carroll went 10-4 last season before losing to Waco Midway in the Class 6A Division II state quarterfinals.

The Dragons' spring game is 7 p.m. on May 24.

They begin the 2018 season on Aug. 30 vs. South Grand Prairie.

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