AUSTIN (KXAN) — It was close for the first half. Westlake made sure it wasn’t in the second half.

Leading by just a touchdown at halftime, the Westlake Chaparrals won their 41st consecutive game behind a huge second half over Missouri City Ridge Point 44-14 Friday at Chaparral Stadium.

Westlake running back Jack Kayser rushed for 168 yards with three touchdowns and quarterback Paxton Land threw two passing touchdowns. It was the first win for Tony Salazar, who took over the head coaching job this year after being the team’s defensive coordinator.

“The kids made some plays in the second half,” Salazar said. “Our guys up front and receivers blocked well, and we ran the ball very well.”

If only for a little bit, the Panthers looked primed for a huge upset at Westlake. With 10:19 left in the second quarter, Ridge Point running back Ezell Jolly with a 2-yard run to put the Panthers up 14-7.

From there, Westlake ran off 37 unanswered points and showed the rest of Texas they are still the champs and the road to the title runs through the Chaps.

Land finished the game 8 of 12 passing for 106 yards and Jaden Greathouse had two catches for 41 yards. Keaton Kubecka caught a touchdown pass and finished with two catches for 40 yards. Bryce Chambers also hauled in a touchdown and had three catches for 21 yards.

Westlake (1-0) travels to Converse Judson next week.

Game log

FINAL: Westlake wins its 41st consecutive game and new head coach Tony Salazar picks up his first career win. Westlake 44, Ridge Point 14

END 3Q: Westlake 44, Ridge Point 14

2:42 3Q: Kayser scored for the third time, this one on 4th and 2 from 5 yards out. PAT good. Westlake 44, Ridge Point 14

4:29 3Q: Westlake’s Elliott Schaper tackles Ridge Point’s Samson Wheeler in the end zone for a safety. Westlake 37, Ridge Point 14

4:36 3Q: Westlake adds on and they are running away with this one. This time, Land hits Bryce Chambers for a 10-yard touchdown. PAT good. Westlake 35, Ridge Point 14.

8:21 3Q: Following the blocked punt, Jack Kayser rumbles into the end zone from 9 yards out. PAT good. Westlake 28, Ridge Point 14.

8:52 3Q: Keaton Kubecka blocks a punt and Brett Mays falls on it for Westlake at Ridge Point’s 9-yard line.

12:00 3Q: Ridge Point received the second half kickoff and will start its first drive at its own 13-yard line

HALFTIME: Westlake 21, Ridge Point 14. Westlake has 166 rushing yards to Ridge Point’s 68, and the Chaps have more total yardage, 278-199.

0:45 2Q: Westlake’s Will Courtney makes a huge play with an interception on a Wheeler pass. Courtney tucked it in his arms and tapped his feet in bounds at the Westlake 6-yard line. Another big play for the Chaps with the Panthers driving.

0:58 2Q: Westlake hit with 35 yards in penalties on the drive has Ridge Point deep in Chaps territory, but Colton Vasek comes through big for the Chaps with his first QB sack of the season.

1:37 2Q: Land rifles a pass over the middle and it finds Keaton Kubecka for a 32-yard TD. Land put it right on the money and Kubecka hauled it in. PAT good. It’s Westlake’s first lead of the game. 21-14 Westlake

4:10 2Q: On 4th and 2 from Westlake’s 12-yard line, Ridge Point has a bad snap and Wheeler has to fall on it well behind the line to gain and it’s a turnover on downs. Westlake was very fortunate to get the ball back without allowing points there.

7:51 2Q: Westlake’s Nate Acosta gets into the end zone from a yard out. PAT good. 14-14 tie

8:33 2Q: Westlake’s Jaden Greathouse, committed to Notre Dame, makes his first catch of the season with a leaping 22-yard catch from Paxton Land. That sets up Westlake with a 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line.

10:19 2Q: Ezell Jolly falls forward into the end zone with a 2-yard run to give the Panthers the lead again. PAT good. 14-7 Ridge Point.

11:40 2Q: Ridge Point’s Mason Dossett, who is being recruited by Baylor in three different sports, uses his speed to haul in a 49-yard pass to set the Panthers up at Westlake’s 4-yard line

END 1Q: Westlake 7, Ridge Point 7. The Chaps’ defense looking good after allowing the opening touchdown. Ridge Point has the ball to start the 2Q.

4:15 1Q: Westlake’s Jack Kayser turns the Magids INT into points immediately. He got behind that big Chaps offensive line and pushed his way into the end zone from 4 yards out. PAT good. 7-7 tie.

One of Westlake’s best players, wide receiver Hunter Luke, was carted off the field with an injury. It’s unknown if he’ll be able to return.

4:21 1Q: Westlake CB Will Magids intercepts a pass and returns it to the Ridge Point 4-yard line.

6:39 1Q: Ridge Point gets in the bag of tricks early and it pays off. A flea flicker of sorts, on 4th and 14 out of a timeout, goes for a score. Ashton Bethel-Roman hauls in a 26-yard pass in heavy coverage from Samson Wheeler. PAT good. 7-0 Ridge Point

12:00 1Q: Westlake will receive the opening kick. Paxton Land is starting for the Chaps at quarterback.