By Rodney Hays
The Prosper Eagles played well for 24 minutes of 55 seconds of the opening-week game against Keller last week. Unfortunately it was the first 23 minutes and five seconds that cost the Eagles the game as the Keller Indians held on to a 24-23 win.
Keller scored 17 points in the first half to give the Eagles a good scare. It looked like the Indians might take that lead into the locker room at the half when Chase Dawkins and Zach English hooked-up on a 57-yard touchdown pass to score as time expired in the first half. English made several escapes from tackles to score the touchdown.
As the second half opened, the Eagles looked like a different team. Stopping Indian runners in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage and producing offensive numbers they could not do in the first half.
Prosper scored 10 more points in the second half, one on a Marquez Houston 4-yard run and a Tristan Peterson 38-yard field goal. With the game tied and the momentum shifted to the Eagles, it looked like the may have the game wrapped up. But the Indians were not done and took advantage of an Eagle fumble to score another touchdown with 5:16 left in the fourth quarter to make the score 24-17.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles could not get the offense going and had to punt from their own 38. Keller looked like the might be able to kill the clock after starting from their own 13. But after two Indian penalties, the Eagle defense held to force a punt and got the ball back at midfield with time running out.
Dawkins had two runs for 36 yards and a pass to Chris Jackson for 14 yards to move the ball down the field to the Keller 2 yard line. On a first and goal Marquez Houston could not score but Dawkins hooked up with Chris Jackson for a 1-yard score to move the Eagles to within a PAT of tying the game with 15 seconds left. Unfortunately a penalty moved the ball back for an extra long PAT attempt and the Eagles could not connect on the kick.
The Indians took the win 24-23.
But after a few offensive questions after the Eagles only scrimmage last week against the Argyle Eagles, the Eagles seemed to find a few answers against Keller. The Eagles rolled up 503 yards of offensive, including Dawkins who threw for 274 yards on 23-of-30 passing and two touchdowns and Marquez Houston who finished with 103 yards and a touchdown. Dawkins also had 72 yards rushing. English led the receiving corps with eighth catches for 169 yards and a score. Chris Jackson also had 124 yards receiving with a touchdown.
The Eagle defense held Keller to just 317 yards of offense, most of which was on the ground (214 yards). The Indians only gained 73 yards in the second half.
This week the Eagles will play the home opener against McKinney North. The kickoff for this week’s game is 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.