Big first half pushes Southlake Carroll to win

SOUTHLAKE, Texas -- Southlake Carroll went into halftime seemingly embroiled in a battle with Hurst L.D. Bell on Friday.

Bell had gained 376 total yards -- 51 more than Carroll -- and the Blue Raiders penetrated Carroll territory on six of its eight drives, including four trips to the red zone.

But when Carroll looked back at the scoreboard on its way into the field house at the break, it showed the Dragons with a 25-point lead.

Its peculiarity aside, the halftime lead allowed Carroll to coast to a 45-13 win at Dragon Stadium.

"It didn't feel that way," said Carroll head coach Hal Wasson of the halftime score. "They can score like we can score. I never felt comfortable."

Bell (1-1) had all the yardage it needed to keep pace with Carroll (2-0) in the first half, but it lacked touchdowns. Penalties in the red zone, a turnover on downs and other self-inflicted wounds kept the Blue Raiders out of the end zone.

But it was still a game until late in the second quarter when Carroll quickly blew things open.

Nursing a 17-10 lead, the Dragons capitalized on a Bell fumble when Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill found Peyton Williams in the end zone from 13 yards out.

Following a Bell three-and-out that left 1:03 in the half, Hill hit Sabian Holmes down the left sideline for a 42-yard touchdown that gave Carroll a sudden 31-10 lead that it carried into halftime.

"It didn't feel like a big blowout or anything," Hill said. "It just felt like a normal game."

Coming off his heroics against Copperas Cove last week, Hill had another banner game, throwing for 259 yards and scoring five total touchdowns. He also led the Dragons with 112 yards rushing.

Hill won't lack for receiving targets this season. Williams, a Colorado commit, caught seven balls for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Holmes caught five for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

"Both of them made big catches," Hill said. "They are both phenomenal. The O-line was great. I didn't have a lick of pressure back there."

The final score marginalizes what was actually a strong performance by Bell quarterback Kyle Romano and his offense. The unit ran a balanced attack that accounted for 555 yards, including 278 through the air and another 96 on the ground from Romano.

The Dragons only extended their lead in the second half. After Bell failed to convert in the red zone yet again, Hill hit Williams from 21 yards out to make it 38-13. After a Bell three-and-out, Hill finished off a five-play drive with an 11-yard run for a score.

"Kenny's a playmaker," Wasson said. "You can see him maturing before our eyes."