Southlake Carroll holds on for win despite 5 fumbles

Berkner keeps upset hopes alive most of game

Southlake Carroll overcame four turnovers and a resilient Richardson Berkner defense to earn a hard-fought, 20-10 win at Wildcat-Ram Stadium.

Carroll, ranked No. 4 in The News’ 5A area poll, fumbled five times, losing three of them, and failed to cover an onside kick to keep Berkner’s upset hopes alive for most of the game.

Carroll (3-0) took a two-possession lead at the end of the third quarter on Drew Brown’s second field goal of the game, then held on through a scoreless fourth.

In the second half, Berkner (2-1) advanced to the Carroll 20 and 18 on separate drives but turned the ball over on downs both times.

Carroll outgained Berkner, 306-189, but was held without a passing touchdown. Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill was 13-of-22 passing for 172 yards. Hill also rushed for 50 yards and a score.

Hill’s one-yard touchdown capped Carroll’s first drive, then Carroll fumbled on back-to-back possessions.

The first fumble set up a Berkner touchdown, then a blocked field goal and return by Trey Caldwell helped Berkner take a 10-7 lead in the second quarter on Keith Tobin’s 32-yard field goal.

Carroll responded quickly with Zach Thomason scoring on a 10-yard run up the middle for a 14-10 lead. Brown kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired to give Carroll a 17-10 halftime lead.

Ja’Michael Smith recovered an onside kick to open the second half and Berkner marched to the Carroll 20. However, Yedidiah Louis’ fourth-down pass was batted down.

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