Prosper alumni, family and friends were treated with another impressive win from the football team, as the Eagles prevailed 40-0 against Carrollton R.L. Turner on Friday, Oct. 13.
It was the first shutout and the largest margin of victory for Prosper (5-1) this season. The Eagles now have a four-game win streak and remain in first place in District 14-5A.
“We’ve been talking about getting our first shutout,” head coach Brandon Schmidt said. “That’s a team thing. It’s the defense doing a great job of tackling and creating turnovers, but it’s also the offense getting first downs.”
Prosper held Turner to 113 total yards, the fewest any team has had against the Eagles all season. They forced three turnovers, including two interceptions from Devin Haskins. The senior filled in on the outside at cornerback in place of Wayne Anderson, who was sidelined after suffering a minor shoulder injury in Prosper’s win over Newman-Smith.
“The coaches had a great plan for us throughout the week,” Haskins said. “They gave us all the routes they were going to run. I just saw the quarterback and went for it.”
Prosper scored all 40 points in the first half. The Eagles found the end zone early and often thanks to a potent running attack. Senior running back Kaleb Adams racked up 140 yards in the first quarter alone and finished with 222 yards and four touchdowns on just 16 carries, all coming in the first half.
It was the second straight week that Adams scored three touchdowns in the first quarter. Schmidt said it wasn’t necessarily his plan to let Adams run loose, but he stuck with what was working.
“The offensive line was doing a great job,” Schmidt said. “When Kaleb breaks off those long runs, that’s a product of the receivers doing their job blocking downfield.”
Senior DJ Love provided a deadly change-of-pace option out of the backfield for Prosper. He had 119 yards in the first half, including an 84-yard touchdown scamper that broke the game open for the Eagles.
In a new look on offense, Love and Adams often lined up in the backfield at the same time. Each player has proven their ability to gain yards both in the running game and passing game, making it tough for the Turner defense to gauge what was coming next.
“It’s two guys who are very explosive that they have to worry about,” Schmidt said. “You can’t key on one guy. You never know which direction the ball is going.”
Prosper had only 33 yards passing the entire game and got the job done solely on the ground. Despite neither team scoring any points in the second half, the Prosper coaching staff was happy with the way their backups played. The lopsided score gave younger players an opportunity to get reps and develop for next year and to be ready in case a starter gets injured.
“We finished strong in all three phases,” defensive coordinator Jason Johns said. “We had no letdowns. That’s what’s encouraging about a game like this. We didn’t let up and just kept playing.”
Prosper is now 3-0 in district play and faces what may be its toughest opponent yet next week on the road at McKinney North on Friday, Oct. 20. With each facet of the team firing on all cylinders, players and coaches are confident in what they can accomplish.
“We can do anything if we put our minds to it,” DJ Love said. “As long as we work hard, we can do anything.”