PALESTINE -- Centerville scored 16 unanswered points in the second half and prevented Carlisle from recording its best season in school history in a 23-17 Class 2A Division I, Region III championship game victory Friday at Palestine's Wildcat Stadium.

Fullback Koy Howle, who started the comeback with a touchdown in the third quarter, gave his squad the go-ahead score with 2:14 play with a 1-yard smash. Centerville converted two-point attempts after both second-half touchdowns.

Carlisle (12-2) drove close to midfield in the time remaining, but it stalled and allowed Centerville (11-3) to kneel the clock out.

The Indians led the game at halftime, 17-7, thanks to production from all three phases.

Luis Hernandez kicked a 20-yard field goal to open scoring, quarterback Tristan Craig threw a 38-yard pass to Zane Navarro and Max Jackson returned a fumble 32 yards.

Centerville's Brandon Madison scored from 10 yards between Carlisle's two touchdowns to briefly make it a 10-7 deficit ahead of the comeback.

Refugio will take on Centerville in the state semifinals.