By Rodney Hays
The Frisco Heritage Coyotes came ready to play Friday night and stunned the favored Eagles, 23-6, in the district opener for both teams.
The loss also stopped the three-game streak for more than 500 yards per game for the Eagles offense. Prosper managed just 202 yards of offense. The Eagles gained 104 yards on the ground without senior running back Marquez Houston, who was sidelined with an ankle injury. Travis Tidmore gained 68 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown for the Eagles.
Prosper gave up the ball three times, two on fumbles and one interception. The Eagles were also penalized 10 times for 68 yards.
Coach Kent Scott said penalties and turnovers were part of the reason for the loss.
"It’s hard to win when we are behind the chains because of penalties," Scott said.
Heritage came into the game with a 1-2 record with losses to Lovejoy and McKinney and a win over Greenville. But the Coyotes took advantage of the Eagle miscues and managed 376 yards of offense in the win.
While the Eagle offense struggle to get on track, the defense did a good job of holding the Coyotes at bay, while staying on the field for nearly 100 plays again this week. Heritage had 60 rushes and 32 pass attempts in the game.
"I was so stinking proud of our defense," Scott said after the game. "All I hear is people talking about how our defense can’t play, but they showed up tonight. If we can get the defense and the offense to show up on the same night, we are gonna be all right.
Heads were hanging low after the game Friday. But there is no time to feel sorry with a tough Centennial team on the schedule this week. Scott told the players they could either hang their heads over the loss to Heritage or put it together and get things fixed. He believes his team will bounce back.
"We’ve got good kids. We’ve got tough kids. They are gonna find a way to get through this. We’ve got to get ready for Centennial," Scott said.
Centennial is 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in district after a 41-6 win over Little Elm last week. The Titans only loss was a 51-44 loss to Lake Dallas.
Last year the Eagles shocked the Titans in a 38-36 barn-burner at Prosper. This year’s game is set for Thursday night at Toyota Stadium (formerly FC Dallas Stadium, formerly Pizza Hut Park) in Frisco. Kickoff is 7 p.m.