It took the Dragons one quarter to provide all the separation they needed against El Paso El Dorado. Carroll scored five touchdowns in the first quarter keying a 73-23 win in a Class 5A Division I area playoff at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium. Carroll led 35-3 after the first quarter and 52-10 by half and finished with 711 yards of offense.
Carroll (11-1) advances to face fellow state powerhouse Trinity at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Birdville Fine Arts/Athletics Complex. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at Carroll Senior High, Carroll High and Dragon Stadium.
Dragon senior quarterback Kenny Hill was deadly through the air and on the ground. In the first half alone, Hill totaled 463 yards with three touchdowns passes and three touchdown runs. Hill got things started with a 6-yard TD run and added scoring plays on a 55-yard pass to Ryan Weigel, a 75-yard pass to Luke Timian and runs from 4 and 60 yards.
Hill finished 15-for-22 passing with 371 yards and had 14 carries for 150 rushing. The 73 points was a season-high for the Dragons. In the playoffs, the Dragons have outscored Arlington Martin and El Dorado 138-30.
Dragon receiver Mike Gardiner had six catches for 132 yards and Ryan Weigel had four catches for 109 yards and two TDs. Carroll also has not had a turnover in the playoffs.