The Westlake Chaparral’s defense had come into the 6A Division title game Saturday at AT&T Stadium against Southlake Carroll averaging giving up on 5.54 points per game. The Carroll Dragons scored on three of their first four drives and the game was tied at 21 with 6:44 left in the first half.
From that point, the Westlake defense shut down the Carroll offense only allowing a pair of 4th quarter touchdowns as the Chaparrals won 52-34 to secure their second consecutive state championship.
Southlake Carroll got on the board on the opening series of the game driving 75 yards in 10 plays capped by a 3-yard run from Owen Allen to take a 7-0 lead with 8:25 remaining in the first.
Westlake needed just 1 play to tie the game as Zane Minors broke free on 75-yard run to knot the game at 7 with 8:13 still remaining in the first.
The Dragons then mounted another 75-yard drive, this time lasting 5 plays capped off by a 49-yard pass from Quinn Ewers to Brady Boyd to regain the lead at 14-7 with 6:24 remaining in the first.
The Chaparrals then drove 76 yards in 8 plays as Grey Nakfoor sprinted 38 yards for a touchdown to tie the game again, this time at 14, with 3:07 remaining in the first.
After a Southlake Carroll punt, Westlake took the lead driving 47 yards on 7 plays as Cade Klubnik completed a 15 yard touchdown pass to Jaden Greathouse to give the Chaparrals a 21-14 lead with 10:51 to go until halftime.
The Dragons tied the game again on the following drive going 75 yards in 9 plays capped by a 27 yard pass from Ewers to Boyd to tie the game at 21 with 6:44 left in the half.
Westlake regained the lead at 28-21 with 1:12 left in the first half on a 75-yard 10-play drive as Cade Klubnik scored on a 1-yard read option play.
Westlake drove 75-yards in 6 plays on the opening drive of the 2nd half with Gray Nakfoor scoring from 4 yards out to push the Chaparrals’ lead to 35-21 with 9:10 remaining in the third quarter.
On the second play for the ensuing Carroll drive, Michael Taaffe recorded his second interception of the game and Westlake had to drive on 24 yards which they did in in 4 plays capped by a 4-yard run by Klubnik. With 6:48 remaining in the third quarter, Westlake lead 42-21.
Westlake added a 40-yard field goal with 2:14 left in the third to push their lead to 45-21 at the end of third quarter.
Gray Nakfoor scored on a 5-yard run with 8:29 left in the game to make the score Westlake 52, Southlake Carroll 21.
Southlake Carroll drove 75 yards in 8 plays capped by a Ewers to RJ Maryland 10-yards pass. The two-point attempt was no good and the Chaparrals led 52-27 with 4:25 left in the game.
The Chaparrals were accessed a 15-yard penalty on the kickoff and Southlake Carroll recovered an onside kick at the Westlake 34-yard line.
The Dragons covered the 34 yards in 4 plays capped by a 2-yard run by Owen Allen to cut the Westlake lead to 53-34 with 3:14 left in the game.
Westlake recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt but couldn’t run out the clock and the Southlake Carroll had one last drive but Westlake recovered a Dragon and fumble and was able to run out the clock a secure the win.
Cade Klubnik (stats below) was named the Offensive MVP.
Micahel Taaffee (2 interceptions, 5 tackles) was named the Defensive MVP.
Passing – Cade Klubnik 18 of 20 for 220 yards and 1 TD. Also had 17 carries for 111 yards and 2 TDs.
Rushing – Zane Minors 135 yards and 12 carries for 1 TD.
Receiving – Jaden Greathouse 103 yards and 1 TD on 5 receptions.
Passing – Quinn Ewers 23 of 39 for 351 yards and 3 TDs.
Rushing – Owen Allen 39 yards and 15 carries for 2 TDs.
Receiving – Brady Boyd 190 yards and 2 TDs on 12 receptions.