JUSTIN — When it rained, it poured Friday night at Northwest ISD Stadium.
An up-tempo, pass-heavy attack from Southlake Carroll rained down on Justin Northwest in the first half, putting up 56 points before halftime.
The rest of the game, it just poured — literally.
After a second half of second-stringers getting some playing time, Carroll walked out of Justin with a 63-21 District 4-5A win over the Texans.
The thunderhead of Carroll’s storm was quarterback Ryan Agnew, who threw for 315 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half.
On top of those large numbers, Agnew completed 94 percent of his passes, going 18 for 19. His first incomplete pass was a deep pass into the end zone with 7:32 left in the second quarter. Until that point, he went a perfect 15 for 15.
The game began as if it would be a shootout.
Northwest scored first on a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jesse Drummer to wide receiver Emmanuel Moore just over a minute into the game.
Just 40 seconds later, Carroll (6-1, 4-0 4-5A) tied the game on a 15-yard pass from Agnew to Joe Heineman.
Northwest (6-2, 2-2) countered with a 50-yard pass from Drummer to Brady Byrd, but 35 seconds later, Agnew knotted it up again with a 56-yard touchdown scamper.
On the next possession, Carroll made the first defensive stop of the game, stuffing Moore after a 4-yard catch and forcing Northwest to punt.
The stop seemed to be the confidence boost the Dragons needed as they would not allow Northwest another point until late in the fourth quarter.
Northwest’s offense was forced to remain fairly conservative to give its defense a chance to rest from Carroll’s hyperactive two-minute drill style offense.
In the first half, which saw the Dragons’ starters on the field, Carroll held the ball just 7:32 out of the 24 minutes. Carroll’s time of possession in the first quarter was 2:57, and the longest a drive of 51 seconds.
Agnew connected with wide receiver Keaton Duhon for three touchdowns. Wide receiver Joe Heineman was the recipient of Agnew’s other two passing touchdowns.
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