Written by Tommy Cummings
QB Kenny Hill's 5 1st-half TDs fuel Southlake Carroll's 45-0 rout of Northwest
Dragons' defense snatches two interceptions in fourth shutout of the season
SOUTHLAKE — Quarterback Kenny Hill accounted for five first-half touchdowns, and a defense that’s virtually bulletproof helped Southlake Carroll cruise to a 45-0 District 4-5A victory against Justin Northwest on Friday night.
Carroll, No. 4 in The Dallas Morning News’ Class 5A area rankings, improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the 4-5A race. No. 19 Northwest fell to 5-2 and 3-1.
Northwest coach Bill Patterson was impressed with Carroll and Hill, a senior who has committed to Texas A&M.
“I told Coach [Hal] Wasson I think they’re better than they were last year,” Patterson said of the defending Class 5A Division I state champions. “They’re really good on defense. And their quarterback is unbelievable. He’s an SEC quarterback.”
Hill, who finished with 294 yards passing, led Carroll to touchdowns on six of its eight first-half possessions. He accounted for five of touchdowns — three on scoring passes to Luke Timian, Ryan Weigel and Keaton Duhon. Hill also rushed for two touchdowns, including a tackle-breaking 44-yard run in the second quarter, and finished with 74 yards rushing.
Hill credited his offensive line and receivers, but he also praised the defense, which posted its fourth shutout and held Northwest to 179 yards total offense.
“They stepped up and pitched another shutout,” Hill said.
Northwest didn’t have an answer for Carroll’s defense, which has allowed only 17 points in the past five games.
Northwest had four three-and-outs and one turnover on downs. Quarterback Draze Lawliss was intercepted twice.
“I thought our defense came out and played with a lot of energy,” Wasson said. “We got some good pressure. Our secondary did a good job covering.”
Hill rarely faced any pressure in the pocket. On Carroll’s first drive, he directed his offense 61 yards in five plays, scoring on a keeper to his left. Northwest’s biggest scoring threat came on the next series as Lawliss moved Northwest into Carroll territory. But he was intercepted by Ray Crocket at the Carroll 19.
From there, Carroll marched 81 yards in 11 plays. Hill and Timian connected three times on the drive, the final time, with 3:08 left in first quarter. Drew Brown’s extra-point made it 14-0.
From there, Carroll seemed to be playing downhill. Hill tossed touchdown passes to Weigel and Duhon on one-play drives. Hill’s long touchdown run capped a 72-yard, three-play drive. A.J. Ezzard wrapped up the first-half scoring with a three-yard touchdown run that finished off a 60-yard drive. Brown’s kick made it 42-0 with 2:29 left before halftime.
Brown also kicked a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter for the only scoring in the second half.
Carroll hasn’t lost since a 24-0 setback to Allen in the season opener Aug. 31.
“They can play Allen 10 times and beat ’em nine,” Patterson said. “The only time Allen can beat them is the time they beat them. They’re better than Allen.”
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