The Prosper football team defeated Frisco Liberty in a 43-7 rout at The Star on Friday, Sept. 15.
It was the second year in a row that the Eagles (2-1) defeated Frisco Liberty (0-3) as part of their non-district schedule. Last year’s clash between the two resulted in a 41-0 win for Prosper.
The Eagles offense found success through the air after failing to score a passing touchdown in each of their first two games. Junior starter Keegan Shoemaker found senior Ethan Taylor for a score early in the first quarter, and backup signal-caller Matt Bramer followed his lead in the second.
Bramer completed two passes in the first half and both went for touchdowns. The first was a 49-yarder to senior DJ Love — the other went to senior John Spriggs for 73 yards with less than two minutes remaining, giving Prosper a 36-0 lead heading into halftime.
“Against us, teams have to gear up to stop the run,” Schmidt said. “That opens up some opportunities to take some shots down the field.”
Prosper’s quarterback duo combined for 218 passing yards on the night, did not turn the ball over and threw touchdowns to four different receivers. The Eagles had only 244 total passing yards in their first two games.
“They just came out here and executed the gameplan,” Schmidt said. “They weren’t afraid to take some shots, and ultimately they paid off for us. They did a great job in the short passing game as well. I’m proud of both of them.”
Bramer and Shoemaker split first-team snaps all week in practice prior to the game. Schmidt alternated between the two throughout the win, something Bramer was ready to take advantage of.
“We prepared better this week in practice than we did the first two weeks,” Bramer said. “If we continue to do that, we can have a lot of success.”
The defense forced turnovers and made the most of those opportunities in the first half. All-District senior linebacker Justin Benvie intercepted a pass and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to give Prosper a 15-0 lead. Junior Wayne Anderson later got an interception of his own and took it from the 49 to the 7 yard-line, setting up senior running back Kaleb Adams for a touchdown run the very next play.
“You’ve got to have that inner-dog mindset,” Benvie said. “Everything’s downhill. You’ve just got to hit them in the face, that’s all.”
Frisco Liberty was held to 237 yards of offense, most of which came on the ground. Running back Dimitri Jones piled up 126 yards after being fed the ball all game, racking up 33 carries. Still, the Eagles kept him and the rest of the Redhawks out of the end zone until Jordan Jones spoiled a potential shutout with a 42-yard touchdown reception with 40 seconds remaining.
“The defense played a really good game tonight after a subpar game last week,” Schmidt said. “We just want to be relentless for 48 minutes. It’s important to our kids.”
The Eagles will have a bye week before the district schedule begins with a matchup against rival Little Elm at home on Friday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.