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5A No. 5: Southlake Carroll back among elite

ESPNDallas.com counts down the top area football teams in our spring rankings.

5A NO. 5: SOUTHLAKE CARROLL

Spring game: 7:30 p.m. May 25 at Dragon Stadium

Coach: Hal Wasson

2010 record: 10-4, 5-2 in District 7-5A (third place)

2010 playoffs: Lost in Division II region finals to Denton Guyer, 24-14.

Returning starters: 6 on offense; 5 on defense

Key losses: RB Paul Stevenson, OL Nathan Butler, DE Scott Crawford, OL Dominic Cruciani, LB Austin Bridges, DB Jalil Gordon

Key returnees: QB Kenny Hill, WR Peyton Williams, LB Will Davis, LB Jeremy McClellan, OL J.J. Prince, DB Sabian Holmes, RB Zach Thomason

Key newcomers: DE Jeff Miller, LB Jackson Mitchell, DL Brock Sales, OL Evan Brown, OL Cam Manning, RB Anthony Custable, RB AJ Ezzard

Overview: Carroll's 2010 season began with the Daxx Garman scandal and the fallout saw the storied Dragons struggle to defeat even the most pedestrian foes in the regular season. But Carroll salvaged its season with a run to the region finals behind QB Hill, who blossomed in the playoffs. With Hill returning for his junior season and a junior varsity program that went a combined 19-1, Carroll may prove that its early struggles in 2010 were an aberration and not a sign of things to come. ... With a bevy of receivers and RB Zach Thomason returning, Carroll's most pressing issue on offense is replacing four of the five starters on the offensive line. Wasson wants to create depth on the offensive line. ... Carroll enters its second year in the 3-4 defense with very talented linebackers, led by Will Davis, a Kansas State commit. Wasson believes linebacker is one of Carroll's biggest strengths. ... The all-important position of nose tackle in Carroll's 3-4 is vacant.