The Prosper football team fell behind early and couldn’t catch up against Mansfield Lake Ridge at home, losing 33-16 on Friday, Sept. 8.
The Eagles (1-1) headed into the second quarter down 10-0 and were not able to tie things up or take the lead for the remainder of regulation.
“We just made too many mistakes,” Prosper head coach Brandon Schmidt said. “When we turn on film to take a look at it, we’ll see it wasn’t them, it was us.”
Prosper had trouble slowing down the Mansfield quarterback duo of Chandler Rogers and Jason Bean. After being intercepted by Prosper senior safety Blake Harrington on the first possession of the game, Rogers bounced back to rush for 122 yards and added 72 yards through the air and a passing touchdown. Rogers and Bean combined for only 16 pass attempts and ran the ball 30 times.
“I didn’t think they were entirely dissimilar from one another,” Schmidt said. “Both were very athletic and good passers. We just didn’t do a good job tackling either one of them on third downs.”
Overall, the Prosper defense managed to keep Mansfield Lake Ridge (1-1) from taking a huge lead early on and kept the Eagles within striking distance. Still, defensive assistant coach Rick Lopez said they could have done better.
“We have to tackle better in the open field against kids like this,” Lopez said. “Our goal is to compete for a state title, and these are the type of kids we’d see in the playoffs.”
Throughout the game, Prosper’s offense struggled to take advantage of its opportunities. With less than 20 seconds remaining in the first half, Prosper had an opportunity to make it a four-point game with a touchdown at the goal line. On fourth down, junior quarterback Keegan Shoemaker rushed to the outside and attempted a head-first dive into the end zone, but was met with strong impact from the defender just shy of the end zone. Prosper went into the third quarter down 17-6.
On other goal-line chances, senior Jostein Clarke punched in two touchdowns under center from a wildcat formation. His scores came in the second and fourth quarters.
Prosper leaned on their running game, which totaled 182 yards after exploding for 302 in the first week of the season. Senior Kaleb Adams got most of the carries in the first half and finished with 13 rushes for 30 yards and five receptions for 26 yards. Junior Wayne Anderson saw a lot of work in the second half, taking a total of 17 carries for 98 yards.
The passing game was the biggest weakness for the Eagles. Shoemaker finished 12-for-23 with 105 yards and rarely threw the ball deep. He only attempted two passes in the red zone all game, and his last throw of the fourth quarter was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
“Offensively, we kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” Schmidt said. “The passing game was inconsistent. We’ve got to do a better job.”
Despite the loss, Adams plans to help keep the team level-headed in preparation for a bounce-back performance.
‘Everybody on our team was trying our best. We just made a couple mistakes,” Adams said. “We’ve got to come out with a better effort next week.”
Next up for Prosper is a road matchup at Frisco Liberty (0-2) on Friday, Sep. 15. It will be the final game for the Eagles before the district schedule begins.