For a few moments Friday, Southlake Carroll found bursts of momentum against a Denton Guyer team more than content to grind away the Dragons on the ground.
But when Carroll completed a long touchdown pass to Zach Farrar or got a big run from Shemar Coleman, Guyer answered with a big play of its own. It’s easy to do that when you have the best player on the field.
Shawn Robinson, Guyer’s five-star junior quarterback, rushed for 269 yards and four touchdowns, as the Wildcats pulled away from Carroll for a 48-35 win in the Class 6A Division II area round at Eagle Stadium.
The Dragons’ 9-3 season ended a week after they eliminated two-time defending state champion Cedar Hill.
On Friday, Carroll led 7-0 early after a 71-yard pass from Mason Holmes to Farrar. But Guyer, which totaled 547 rushing yards, scored on three runs on its next three possessions.
“They controlled the line of scrimmage,” Carroll coach Hal Wasson said, “and we didn’t tackle.”
When Carroll flipped a 20-7 deficit to a 21-20 lead late in the first half, Robinson, a TCU commitment, scored on a 55-yard touchdown run. He scored again on a 3-yard run to start the third quarter, a touchdown that followed his 33-yard pass to Myron Mason.
Later in the third quarter, after Farrar caught a 50-yard pass to cut Guyer’s lead to six, Robinson scored a 47-yard touchdown run.
“We didn’t control [Robinson],” Wasson said. “We never controlled him.”
Farrar caught nine passes for 215 yards. But Carroll struggled between the big plays — after Farrar’s third-quarter touchdown, 189 of Carroll’s 270 total yards had come from their four scores.
Down by 13 late in the fourth quarter, Carroll recovered an onside kick but was flagged for offsides.
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