Miami Northwestern staked a very valid claim to the No. 1 team in the country with a 29-21 victory over Southlake Carroll before 31,000 at SMU on Saturday night.
Before a live national TV audience watching, Northwestern shut out the vaunted Carroll offense in the second half.
It was a much-anticipated matchup between the No. 1 and 2 ranked teams in the country, according to several national polls. On the sideline, was former Cowboys lineman Nate Newton cheering for son Tre, a Carroll running back.
Taking in the scene were former Cowboys _ but Florida high school players _ Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders.
"We played a great football, they had a very talented football team," Carroll coach Hal Wasson said. "I was impressed with their leadership and poise. We're all disappointed but nothing changes in our goals and our dreams."
Carroll had a state-tying 49-game winning streak stopped and has won a record four Class 5A titles in the last five years.
Southlake Carroll fans filled three-fourths of Ford Stadium but the homefield advantage couldn't help the Dragons overcome a dominating Northwestern defense which forced five turnovers with hard hits and terrific interceptions.
Starring for Northwestern were senior quarterback Jacory Harris and heralded receiver Tommy Streeter, who caught three touchdown passes.