It’s a new season with some new faces, but the results are the same. Defending Class 5A state champion and national champion Southlake Carroll opened its season with an impressive 48-25 victory Saturday afternoon over Midland Lee in the Champions Classic at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.
Led by quarterback Greg McElroy, making his first varsity start, the Dragons rolled up 536 yards of offense in winning the 48th game in their last 49 outings over four seasons. McElroy completed 20 of 33 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. McKay Jacobson caught eight passes for 148 yards and two scores.
Midland Lee led, 3-0, after one quarter, thanks to Aaron Esikhati's 39-yard field goal and two key miscues by the Dragons after getting to the Raider’s one-yard line on consecutive drives without putting a single point on the board. But Southlake Carroll responded with 28 second-quarter points before putting it on cruise control.
McElroy started the scoring with a 1-yard sneak with 8:41 to go. He then hit Jacobson with a 29-yard touchdown pass on their next possession. The Dragons recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and McElroy and Jacobson hooked up on a 17-yard touchdown strike on the next play to make it 21-3. Corbin Smiter caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from McElroy with 49 seconds to go before halftime to stretch the lead to 28-10.
Matt Moorefield had a 33-yard touchdown run and Tre Newton an 88-yard scoring scamper in the second half for Carroll who played mostly reserves after the opening drive.