The Prosper football team started the season on a high note with a 47-13 blowout victory over Boerne-Champion on Friday, Sep. 1 in Georgetown, Texas. The Eagles came out strong and scored on their first three possessions on the way to a 41-7 lead at halftime.
“We were just ready to play,” Prosper head coach Brandon Schmidt said. “It’s a combination of spring ball, strength camp and summer 7-on-7. They were just excited to play our first game.”
Offensively, the running game was dominant from start to finish. The Eagles finished with 302 rushing yards and averaged more than seven yards per carry. The attack was led by senior Kaleb Adams, who racked up 98 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. He also added 70 receiving yards on three receptions. Both of his rushing touchdowns came in the first half and went for more than 20 yards apiece.
Junior Wayne Anderson Jr. showed off his speed in limited work, running for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Adams credited the performance of he and his backfield teammates to the offensive line, which didn’t have a single holding penalty all game.
“They’re probably the hardest workers on the field,” Adams said. “They don’t come out of the game much. They work their butts off.”
Prosper was able to lean on the running game thanks to a dominant defensive performance. Right out of the gate, cornerback Armon Johnson intercepted Boerne-Champion quarterback and Tulsa commit Davis Brin on the first possession of the game. The senior added another interception late in the second quarter and returned it 48 yards down the field.
“Our preparation was where it needed to be,” Johnson said. “With all the film I’ve been watching, I knew the routes. I just tried to jump them and make a play.”
Other playmakers on the offense played big roles in Prosper’s offensive outburst. Senior DJ Love contributed as a runner and a receiver, rushing for 76 yards on five carries and catching three passes for 28 yards. His night included a 41-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the second quarter.
Senior Jostein Clarke also took advantage of his chances. He got direct snaps running a wildcat offense in two goal-line situations in the first half and punched both of them in for touchdowns.
As a team, Prosper didn’t back down from building a big lead. Prosper (1-0) lost to Boerne-Champion (0-1) in the first week of last season, 17-14.
“We try not to think about it as revenge, but that’s kind of what it was,” Adams said. “We lost to these guys. We owed them one.”
Adams and Johnson both said the Eagles were solely focused on going 1-0 this week. That’s been coach Schmidt’s motto throughout his tenure at Prosper, and the players have bought in.
Next up is a matchup against Lake Ridge in Prosper on Friday, Sep. 8. Lake Ridge advanced to the third round of the playoffs last season and defeated the Eagles 20-6 during the regular season. Coming off a stellar all-around performance, Schmidt and his team expect a different result this time around.
“We played really well offensively and defensively and built some momentum,” Schmidt said. “We’re going to play a really good Lake Ridge team next week. It’s huge for our kids to have some confidence tonight and moving forward.”