Warren Easton made sure Carver had a short homecoming Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
The Eagles pounced on the Rams, taking an insurmountable first-half lead on the way to a 45-6 victory in a District 9-4A game.
After Easton (7-1, 4-0) led 31-0 at halftime, the clock was allowed to run liberally in the second half.
Still, Easton coach Tony Hull, who guided the Eagles to the Class 4A championship game last season, said he wasn’t among those impressed with his team’s offensive display.
“The numbers may have been good, but the execution in our passing game was not where it needs to be,” Hull said. “We need to look at the film and clean up some things.”
Carver (4-4, 1-3) lost its fourth game in a row.
The Eagles came into the game averaging 50 points in its previous three district games and winning by an average of 42.0 points in a five-game winning streak.
But on Thursday, Easton will play Karr — also unbeaten in 9-5A.
“We have to get ready on a short week for a Karr team that is the most underrated team in the area,” Hull said.
Easton led 31-0 at halftime, rolling up 299 yards total offense, with quarterback Tyrik Starks completing 7 of 14 passes for 172 yards and and touchdown and rushing for 46 yards and a score.
It could have been worse. With Carver getting the ball at its 27 and 51 seconds left before halftime, Easton called timeout three times, and got the ball back with 38 seconds showing. Mercifully, three passes fell incomplete before Jose Herrera misssed a 42-yard field-goal attempt.
Quickly, however, the Eagles were up 14-0. After stopping the Rams at the Easton 30, the Eagles drove 70 yards in six plays on their second possession, with Yoheinz Tyler scoring on a 14-yard run. On Easton’s next possession, Starks completed a 76-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Bartholomew with 2:56 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles scored 17 points in the second to break the game open. Starks ended a 54-yard drive with a 4-yard run; running back Larry Barabino capped a 60-yard march by bulling 4 yards for a score; and Herrera kicked a 28-yard field goal with 51 seconds showing.
In a penalty-filled first half, the game seemed to have a personal edge. Carver coach Byron Addison, whose team reached the Class 2A playoffs last season, was aked if he thought Easton took exception to being the Rams’ homecoming opponent after the Eagles’ accomplishments the past few seasons.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “They have been scoring like that against everyone. As far scheduling them for homecoming, we only had three home games — Easton, McDonogh 35 and Karr. So, who do you pick? It’s like choosing your poison.”
Carver averted being shut out when quarterback Izea Hurst led the Rams on a 71-yard drive after the Eagles’ lead grew to 38-0 on Starks’ 12-yard pass to receiver Clyde Criss 41 seconds into the third quarter. Hurst completed a 14-yard scoring pass to Jalil Pounds.
Hurst completed nine of 19 passes for 141 yards in the second half after going 3-of10 for 23 yards in the first half, when Carver had 17 yards total offense.