Playing through near-freezing temperatures, a steady rain and a strong north wind, Southlake Carroll opened with a 24-point first quarter against Midland Lee, putting away the Rebels for a 51-7 second-round playoff win Friday night at Saginaw Chisholm Trail Stadium.
Carroll (11-1) will play the winner of Saturday’s Euless Trinity-Mansfield Timberview game at 4 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington in the regional round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs.
The Dragons forced three turnovers in the first quarter, a fumble and two interceptions.
“You get to this time of year, and on defense you hope to create turnovers,” Carroll coach Hal Wasson said. “We try to not focus on the elements. We try to focus on us and our game plan. We try to tend to business.”
A.J. Ezzard had back-to-back 10-yard touchdown runs to open the scoring for the Dragons, who led 45-0 at halftime. He led Carroll with 99 yards on 15 carries.
Lee (9-3), which also lost to Carroll 63-14 on Sept. 6, moved to the Dragons’ 25-yard-line on its first possession, but eventually had to punt.
From there Carroll drove 12 plays before Ezzard’s first score. Then, on Lee’s first play of its next possession, Carroll defensive end King Newton recovered a fumble. Ezzard scored his second touchdown two plays later.
“[Lee] came out hot, had a good game plan, made a few good plays early, and that’s playoff football,” Wasson said. “Fortunately, you’ve got to get it all the way to the end zone, and our defense bowed their neck.”
Ryan Agnew hit Luke Timian for two touchdown passes in the first half.
The first was set up by an interception from Tariq Gordon. The second was a 6-yard-toss that capped a drive sparked by a 30-yard run from Agnew.
Agnew had a 14-yard touchdown run later in the half.
He finished 10-of-19 passing for 131 yards, the two touchdowns and an interception. The junior ran for 91 yards on 10 carries.
Sam Downey, Carroll’s holder on place-kicks, had a 15-yard touchdown pass to Steven Bergmark on a fake field goal attempt. Downey pitched it forward to Bergmark, who found the edge of Lee’s defense for the score.
Drew Brown kicked a 47-yard field goal in the first quarter.