Southlake Carroll scored on each of its first five possessions, then coasted to a 49-14 victory against Keller Central in a District 5-6A game Thursday at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
Carroll (8-0 overall, 5-0 District 5-6A), ranked No. 6 in the state in the Associated Press Class 6A poll and No. 3 in the Star-Telegram 6A Power Rankings, scored on two one-play drives in the first half. The first was by running back T.J. McDaniel, who raced 23 yards for a score, after a 61-yard punt return by R.J. Mickens, that gave the Dragons a 14-0 lead with 8:20 left in the first quarter.
McDaniel opened the scoring with a 49-yard jaunt on Carroll’s fourth snap of the game. McDaniel only carried it four times for 81 yards before calling it a night.
Immediately after a Mickens 48-yard punt return, Carroll quarterback Will Bowers found Carson White for a 14-yard scoring pass to up the lead to 28-0 with 10:44 left in the half. Bowers had tossed a 16-yard scoring pass to Glenn Mitchell on his previous attempt the series before.
Central (1-7, 1-4) had only six first downs and 64 yards of offense in the first half.
Carroll running back Eli Furgal picked up the slack while McDaniel sat. Furgal rushed for 115 yards and a score and also caught one pass for a 16-yard TD.
Bowers was 10-of-12 passing for 191 yards and three TDs (16, 14, and 16 yards).
Game was over when: After Central drove from its own 35 to the Carroll 34, the Chargers were forced to punt facing a fourth-and-19. Five plays later the Dragons scored on a Will Bowers to Glenn Mitchell 16-yard pass play to give Carroll a 21-0 lead with 1:04 left in the first quarter. The Chargers were forced to punt on their first six drives.
Play of the game: T.J. McDaniel’s second TD was a thing of beauty. The senior broke through the line off left tackle, then hurdled a defender. McDaniel was hit by two defensive backs as he landed, but kept his balance before racing into the end zone.
Offensive player of the game: Giving T.J. McDaniel some rest late in the season, Eli Furgal picked up the slack. Furgal carried 22 times for 115 yards and scored on a one-yard run. His only pass reception resulted in a 16-yard touchdown from Will Bowers that gave Carroll a 42-0 lead with 9:33 left in the third quarter.
Defensive player of the game: Carroll linebacker Michael Parrish had four tackles for losses to lead the Dragons defense. Carroll substituted liberally in the second half on both offense and defense.
Unsung hero of the game: Carroll wide receiver/safety/punt returner R.J. Mickens returned three punts for a total of 120 yards and set up two short scores for the Dragons.
What’s next? Carroll will travel to Northwest ISD Stadium in Justin for a date with Haslet Eaton on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Central will sit on the visitors side of the Keller ISD Athletic Complex next Friday, Nov. 2 when they play Timber Creek at 7 p.m. Both teams continue District 5-6A play.