SPRINGTOWN — The Cardinals had flown to great heights for the second straight postseason but Savoy’s run came to an end just two rounds short of the state title game.

SPRINGTOWN — The Cardinals had flown to great heights for the second straight postseason but Savoy’s run came to an end just two rounds short of the state title game.


Kendrick Aguerro ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries as May defeated the Cardinals, 46-0, in the Six-Man Division I Region III final, which was halted late in the third quarter due to the mercy rule, at Porcupine Stadium on Saturday night.


May (13-0), which did not even make the playoffs a year ago, will face Abbott in a state semifinal later this week.


Savoy (8-4) reached the region final for the first time in school history and improved on last year’s area-round showing when the program made the postseason for the first time. After graduating some key starters, the Cardinals repeated as district champions before claiming two playoff wins — including avenging the loss to Gordon in area.


Chase Lowery led the Cardinals with 52 yards on 12 carries and had both catches for four yards as the offense struggled to produce prolonged drives.


Savoy managed just two first downs in the contest despite routinely finding itself in Tiger territory. The Cardinals’ opening drive just past midfield ended with a punt and then Savoy was knocking on the door of the end zone with a chance to cut the deficit in half on its next possession.


Both first downs came on the series, which began at the Savoy 33 and reached the May 12. Lowery converted on fourth-and-short with a three-yard run and then Alex Caldwell’s fourth-down pass was just over Riley Neal’s head in the end zone.


The next two times Savoy had the ball the Cardinals went for it on fourth down past midfield, including a fourth-and-one attempt late in the half.


Caldwell got the ball back for Savoy two plays later when he made a juggling interception, tipping the ball up with his left hand at the Cardinal 12 and returning in 23 yards with 1:54 left in the quarter. The drive stalled and Savoy was down 32-0 at the break after a May touchdown was called back as the clock hit zeroes.


Savoy had just one possession in the second half and ran four times, coming up just short of a first down when Jeremy Hardamon was stopped after a gain of two yards on fourth-and-four.


May jumped to the lead when it force the punt on Savoy’s opening series and Justin Howard raced 66 yards on the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage with 7:50 left in the first quarter.


Aguerro added a 12-yard run a few minutes later to give May a 16-0 advantage and the duo combined for a touchdown apiece in the second quarter as the Tigers claimed a 32-0 halftime lead.


Howard, who finished with 108 yards on five carries, scored on a 12-yard run in the middle of the second and then Aguerro followed with a 37-yarder scamper. Martin Robinette connected on every extra point kick he attempted.


Aguerro helped the Tigers pad their lead with an 18-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter and Christian Scott enacted the mercy rule with a run from two yards out with 3:07 left in the third.