Forget the NFL playoffs or the college national championship game as the signature football matchup, in the eyes of some in the state of Texas this week.
Nope. All that might pale in comparison to what’s being dubbed “The Dodge Bowl.”
It is quite a story with a background drenched in the football journey of one of the best father-son duos to ever come through the state’s rich prep football history.
Riley Dodge helped win three straight 5A state titles as a quarterback for Southlake Carroll High School in suburban Dallas from 2004-06, with his father Todd being the head coach of the team.
After initially committing to play in college for powerhouse Texas coming out of high school, Riley Dodge in 2008 decided to play for North Texas because Todd had taken the head coaching job there, and he wanted to keep playing for his father.
Fast forward to this past weekend, and Southlake Carroll, now coached by Riley, advanced to the state championship again with a 34-27 win over Duncanville.
The next opponent will be Austin Westlake, and guess who the coach of that team happens to be?
None other than Todd Dodge.