Westlake defeats Carroll for 6A DI Title
Austin Westlake- Southlake Carroll Game Recap
The centennial season of UIL football concluded Saturday night at AT&T Stadium with the 6A DI State Championship Game. The final game of the season featured as many storylines as the most unique season of UIL football yet.
Austin Westlake defeated Southlake Carroll 52-34 in a game between father and son. In the end, it was father Todd teaching son Riley a lesson in the State Championship Game. Defense wins championships.
The Dodge’s are known for offense, if not for anything else. But it was Westlake’s staunch defense that won it the 6A DI Championship Game. After four touchdowns in the first nine minutes of the game- it looked like the offensive fireworks were just beginning. That would prove to be true for one team. Carroll mustered 20 points the rest of the game.
Carroll got off to a hot start offensively. Quarterback Quinn Ewers found his favorite targets, Brady Boyd and Landon Samson, several times on the opening drive. Owen Allen capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run. Westlake answered with a 75-yard Zane Minors touchdown run one play later to tie the game at seven.
Ewers connected with Boyd for a 49-yard touchdown on Carroll’s next drive and the Dragons would take their last lead of the night at 14-7. Ewers found Boyd again for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter to tie the game at 21 with 6:44 remaining in the half. Boyd would finish with 12 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns, one of his best games in a Carroll uniform.
Westlake ripped off 31 unanswered points to take a 52-21 lead with 8:29 remaining in the game. Ewers connected with R.J. Maryland for a touchdown with 4:25 remaining in the game and Owen Allen scored the final touchdown of the night with 3:14 left to put a bow on the season.
Ewers finished with 350 passing yards and three touchdowns. Landon Samson added 91 receiving yards and Maryland had 67 yards and the touchdown. Carroll will lose Boyd to Minnesota, where he figures to have a great college career. The Dragons return Samson and Maryland at receiver along with Ewers and Allen in the backfield. The defense will need to improve, but this Carroll team should be an early favorite to get back to the 6A DI State Championship Game.