For the first time since coach Carl Stralow arrived at Keller three years ago, the Indians have started district play 2-1 after a 28-17 victory over Trophy Club Byron Nelson at Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday night.
“We took advantage of some turnovers in the first half and the offense fed off that,” Stralow said. “We weren’t perfect, but we played 48 real hard minutes and I’m proud of them.”
Byron Nelson (2-4, 1-2 District 6-5A) took an early lead after marching 69 yards on its opening possession. Courtney Miles capped the drive with a 1-yard run. Miles finished the night with 216 yards on 33 carries and added another 7-yard touchdown run late in the game.
The offense for Keller (3-3, 2-1) responded, though, and used 12 plays to cover 78 yards, culminating with Caleb Griffin’s 4-yard TD pass to Dillon Smith to even the score.
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Griffin was efficient, completing 12 of 15 passes for 195 yards and two scores. He also added a short touchdown run.
“He made some throws tonight that were key throws at important parts of the game that changed the complexion of the game,” Stralow said. “The play of Caleb and our receivers was paramount in our victory.”
Three of those passes went for more than 35 yards, including a 43-yarder to Cameron Johnson that set up the Indians go-ahead touchdown in the first quarter.
Griffin connected with Myles Merrity from 23 yards late in the second quarter to give Keller a 21-7 halftime lead.