The score did not come through his usual poison of choice though. Strickland instead scampered into the end zone from 21 yards out on a jet sweep.
After the score, it was all Skyline and Strickland’s night ended in the second quarter as Skyline pulled some of its starters.
The victory gave Skyline a perfect 10-0 regular season finish, the district 9-6A championship and a berth in the Texas state playoffs. Strickland finished with 31 yards on one reception and one carry for 21 yards and the touchdown in approximately 10 plays of work in what amounted to a playoff tuneup.
High school championships are not the only thing on Strickland’s mind though. He’s also aiming to win college championships. One way he plans on helping out Texas Tech is by recruiting at least one of his buddies.
Strickland said he has already established relationships with several Tech commits such as five-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham as well as top uncommitted targets such as Bishop Dunne receiver Adrian Miller.
"That's my guy," Strickland said about Miller. "I'm just trying to get him to come with me to Tech."
Strickland visited Texas Tech on his birthday in October and said he expects to make another trip to the South Plains before National Signing Day in February.
“It was fun. I got to see the team, how the offense operates. They throw the ball a lot out there. That’s the main thing I like. It was really good overall though.”
While he is committed to Tech, other schools are of course doing their best to flip Strickland, the No. 12 rated receiver in the nation-No. 2 in Texas according to Scout
“Coaches still call me a lot though, trying to get me to switch I guess, but it’s really good. You know, I've been waiting a long time to make my commitment so it’s really good.”
Strickland said LSU, Texas, Cal and UCLA are trying to sway him the most.
“Carlos is one of the best receivers in the nation,” said Skyline assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Eric Mims. “We’ve seen some of the top rated receivers this year and Carlos has been the best one I've seen.”