Ewers, teammates fall one win short, fall in state championship game – 247Sports

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Ohio State 2022 quarterback commitment Quinn Ewers and his Southlake (Texas) Southlake Carroll teammates fell one win short of their 2020-21 season goal, losing to Austin (Texas) Westlake in the Texas 6A state championship game 52-34 on Saturday night. It was the second straight state championship for Westlake.

The night started off in spectacular fashion as Ewers went 4 of 5 for 58 yards and then 3 of 3 on their next drive including a 49-yard touchdown pass as Southlake Carroll had a 14-7 lead. Ewers had thrown for 130 yards at that point.

However, each time Southlake Carroll scored, Westlake also scored. Westlake then took the lead 21-14 early in the second quarter. Ewers and his teammates came back to tie the game at 21 before Westlake scored with 1:12 left in half and took a 28-21 lead into the locker room at the half.

Westlake, who scored on all four of their first half possessions, drove 75 yards to open the second half and scored on a 4-yard run to make it 35-21. Ewers was then hit as he threw and was intercepted for the second time. Westlake followed with another touchdown to take a 42-21 lead.

Finally late in the third quarter Southlake Carroll kept Westlake out of the end zone on a possession forcing a field goal try which was good for a 45-21 Westlake lead. Westlake added another touchdown in the fourth quarter for a 52-21 lead before Ewers connected for a 10-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 52-27 with 4:21 to go in the game.

After recovering an on-side kick, Southlake Carroll scored again, this time on a short run to make the score 52-34 Westlake with 3:14 to go in the game. But that ended the scoring for the night and Westlake went home with a 52-34 win and another 6A state championship.

Ewers completed 23 of 39 passes for 352 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Westlake was led by their talented class of 2022 quarterback Cade Klubnik who completed 18 of 20 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 97 yards and two scores. Klubnik has over two dozen scholarship offers including Texas, Auburn, TCU, North Carolina, LSU and Georgia.

The 6-foot-3 and 195-pound Ewers is a 5-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and the 247Sports rankings. He is the country’s No. 1 pro-style quarterback and the No. 1 overall prospect.

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Ewers is part of a spectacular 2022 recruiting class that also includes the No. 1 prospect in Ohio and the country’s No. 2 outside linebacker Gabe Powers, 5-star in wide receiver Caleb Burton from Texas, the No. 1 prospect in the state of Kansas in linebacker Dasan McCullough, the No. 2 prospect in Ohio in linebacker C.J. Hicks, the No. 4 prospect in the Buckeyes State in offensive lineman Tegra Tshabola, the No. 5 prospect in Ohio in cornerback Jyaire Brown, and two top tight end targets in Bennett Christian from Georgia and Benji Gosnell from North Carolina. It is a class of nine early commitments with eight of the nine being 5 or high 4-star prospects. It is a class that is ranked as the country’s No. 1 recruiting class in the 247Sports Composite team recruiting rankings.

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