With just a few days away from the massive sport, each Todd and Riley Dodge are making ready themselves and their groups for what’s prone to be one of the crucial thrilling highschool soccer video games of the season.
Past their father-son relationship, each head coaches are main groups that upset their opponent the week earlier than. Austin Westlake defeated defending state champions Galena North Shore 24-21, and the Carroll Dragons defeated soccer powerhouse Duncanville 34-27.
The Dodges On The Dodge Bowl
One factor that makes this state championship sport completely different than the remainder is the father-son matchup set to happen. Todd Dodge is the top coach of Austin Westlake and his son is Southlake Carroll head coach Riley Dodge.
“It’s been loopy…I by no means believed that this could ever occur.,” Todd Dodge says on “The Ticket” 96.7 radio present. “There’s so many issues that must occur, so many obstacles in the best way — not solely with opponents however COVID. And the one factor I’m happy with each of our groups is we completely have earned our option to this matchup.”
Riley instructed “The Ticket” that planning for the sport was undoubtedly completely different and expanded on how properly every of the groups is aware of one another.
“[Lee Munn] was a longtime assistant at Westlake and Marble Falls. My dad’s offensive coordinator [Kirk Rodgers] is like an older brother to me,” Riley says. “His offensive line coach was a stud offensive lineman at Southlake Carroll. There’s simply a lot friendship on each side, not simply father-son.”
Throughout his Zoom press convention on Thursday morning, Riley mentioned it’s unbelievable the truth that he will likely be enjoying his father.
“6A Division 1 within the state of Texas has [got to] be the hardest street in all the nation on the subject of highschool soccer,” Riley says. “To say you’re the ultimate two within the state of Texas and the man you’re going to compete in opposition to is your father, it’s fairly unbelievable and I believe it’s a testomony to each of our applications, to our youngsters and our coaches.”
Whereas the coaches go face to face on Saturday, there’s one one who will likely be completely happy regardless of the end result: Todd’s spouse and Riley’s mother, Elizabeth.
“It is rather particular for Elizabeth,” Todd says. “I really feel lucky that in all of the state championships I’ve been concerned in, that is the least busy I’ve been as a result of she’s taken it off my plate as a result of everybody needs to speak to the mom about what her deal’s gonna be.”
And when on the sport, Elizabeth plans to honor each her members of the family.
“I do know she’s acquired plans to put on a bit little bit of Westlake, and he or she’s acquired plans to put on a bit little bit of Southlake to honor Riley,” Todd says.
Riley On Quinn Ewers
Southlake Carroll’s junior quarterback Quinn Ewers will likely be beginning in opposition to Austin Westlake on Saturday. And although he was out for a lot of the season with an harm, Ewers has come again sturdy. Towards Euless Trinity, Ewers had a profession document setting sport, throwing 37 completions for 450 yards and 6 touchdowns.
In a Zoom press convention on Thursday morning, Riley says he’s not apprehensive about Quinn, citing his efficiency within the playoff video games from weeks previous.
“He’s a competitor,” Riley says. “He’s acquired his ft beneath him.”
Riley says that Quinn is, “such a troublesome child — bodily and mentally.”
“The child had surgical procedure and never lots of people knew what we had been doing behind the scenes and what he was doing when nobody else was watching, making an attempt to battle to get again,” Riley says. “[I’m] tremendous happy with the best way he dealt with the final three weeks, and it’s clearly very nice to have him again.”
And earlier than Quinn takes to the sector, Riley already is aware of the recommendation he’s going to offer the younger quarterback.
“Do what you’ve performed this complete season, your whole profession,” Riley says. “Go handle the offense and be a playmaker and provides the ball to our playmakers. Handle the soccer.”
Riley On Southlake Carroll’s Technique
One of many greatest challenges the Dragons will face is the Austin Westlake protection, which saved Galena North Shore to solely 21 factors once they had scored greater than 35 factors in opposition to their final 12 opponents, in keeping with MaxPreps.com.
“Clearly defensively they’re very, very gifted,” Riley mentioned. “They’ve had an unbelievable yr. They’ve a bunch of veterans on their protection.”
Riley says he’s excited in regards to the problem the Austin Westlake protection poses.
“I’m excited to observe our youngsters go in opposition to them,” Riley says.
Relating to scoring in opposition to the protection, Riley says they’re planning to make the most of each the abilities of their extensive receivers and operating again Owen Allen.
“To win a championship, you gotta be balanced,” Riley says. “We’re gonna attempt to be fairly sound and throw the ball and let Owen Allen do what he does.”
Riley additionally says the 2 groups are very related offensively.
“The passing sport is pretty related,” Riley says. “I might say offensively, we’ve got very related beliefs.”
Riley On Teaching A State Championship Sport
Whereas that is Riley’s third yr as head coach for the Carroll Dragons, it will likely be his first teaching in a state championship sport.
“It’s a dream come true to educate a state championship sport. It’s one thing I’ve needed to do my whole life,” Riley says. “As a highschool coach’s child, I’ve grown up in subject homes everywhere in the state of Texas. So that is clearly very surreal for me to get up to now, however it makes it further particular that I’m [at] Southlake Carroll.”
When Riley realized he can be teaching a state championship sport, he was at residence quarantining after contracting COVID-19.
“I used to be a nutcase,” Riley says. “I used to be having a troublesome time on the home watching the sport. I used to be actually simply dialed into the Carroll-Duncanville sport.”
Riley says he didn’t notice Westlake had gained till proper earlier than Carroll gained their sport.
“I didn’t wrap my thoughts round enjoying Westlake till it went all zeros in opposition to Duncanville simply due to how robust Duncanville was,” Riley says. “I needed to ensure earlier than I began celebrating that we gained that soccer sport.”
After Carroll gained the soccer sport, one of many coaches Facetimed Riley so he may very well be part of the celebration with the workforce, albeit just about.
“I needed to rejoice with them just about and I simply needed to see the children,” Riley says. “We had one in all our coaches maintain up the telephone and all the children had been proper behind him. They had been going nuts and me and Quinn acquired to FaceTime on the sector and me and him went nuts.”
Tickets for the Southlake Carroll sport in opposition to Austin Westlake are presently bought out, and the sport is about to be aired on Fox Sports activities Southwest.