Southlake Carroll wins third straight Texas state title with 43-29 win over Austin Westlake
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Three second-half touchdown passes by Southlake Carroll quarterback Riley Dodge gave the Dragons a 43-29 come-from-behind victory over Austin Westlake in the Class 5A Division I state championship on Saturday night.
The Dragons (16-0) won their 48th straight, their third straight state title and their fourth in the past five years. It was the final game for Carroll head coach Todd Dodge, the winning quarterback's father.
The elder Dodge, who has accepted the head coaching job at North Texas, finished with a 98-11 record after seven seasons in Southlake. The Dragons went 79-1 the past five years.
It was the seventh state title for the Carroll program, which ties a Texas high school record. Brownwood, Plano and Celina also have won seven titles.
Westlake (12-3) was trying for its second state title.
Riley Dodge had a pair of TD passes to Blake Tomlin of 30 and 33 yards and a 29-yarder to Anthony Ford that put the Dragons ahead 36-29 with 7:39 left in the game.
Dragons running back Tre' Newton added three rushing touchdowns. His 3-yard TD run with 3:37 to go gave Carroll the 43-29 lead.
Westlake had a 12-0 second quarter lead and was ahead 15-7 at halftime.
The Dragons tied the game with an 85-yard drive to start the second half. Tomlin caught a 30-yard TD pass from Dodge, and Dodge completed a pass to Chris Brainard for the 2-point conversion 1:59 into the second half.
Westlake went three-and-out on the next drive and Carroll gained possession on the Chaps' 49 after the punt.
Dodge and Tomlin connected again just two plays later on a 33-yard TD pass, and the Dragons had their first lead, 22-15.
In those two drives, the Dragons gained 134 yards compared to the 124 they had in the first half.
But Westlake came back out and tied it on the next drive. It took 18 plays, 80 yards and 8:12 before Bron Hager scored on a 5-yard run.
On the next play from scrimmage, Carroll regained the lead on a 74-yard TD run by Newton. He broke several tackles along the way before finally making it to the end zone where he was congratulated by his father, former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton. The Dragons had a 29-22 lead with 14 seconds left in the third quarter.
Westlake answered again on the next drive to force a tie for the third time in the game. Nick Foles completed three straight passes — including a 43-yarder to Andy Spears that put the ball on the 1 — before Hager scored on the next play with 9:20 left in the game.
Westlake jumped to a 12-0 lead when Foles drilled an 18-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Shaffer with 5:08 before halftime. It came on a third-and-5, which made the Chaparrals 5-of-8 on third-down conversions.
But the Chaps were unsuccessful on a 2-point conversion after the TD.
Westlake opened the scoring with a pair of field goals by Justin Tucker from 24 and 32 yards.
Carroll got its first score on a 6-yard run by Newton 48 seconds before halftime.
But Tucker got another shot at a field goal when the Chaps ran off seven plays and used all three of their timeouts to move the ball to the Carroll 24 with five seconds remaining.
Tucker nailed the field goal from 41 yards, and Westlake went to the locker room with a 15-7 lead.
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