After taking their first district loss versus The Colony last week, the Prosper football team got back to its victorious ways with a 62-21 win against Carrollton Creekview at Standridge Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 2.
It took until late in the second quarter for Prosper (7-2, 5-1 District 14-5A) to pull away with a big lead. With 4:34 before halftime, their lead was only 21-14 after a pair of long runs for Carrollton Creekview (0-9, 0-6 District 14-5A) made things close.
“I thought we came out a little flat,” Prosper head coach Brandon Schmidt said. “I don’t know if our kids weren’t fired up or what, but I thought they did a great job responding.”
Prosper picked up the pace from there on out, scoring two times in the final three minutes of the first half on the way to their second-highest point total of the season. The final touchdown before the intermission came on a touch pass from junior Keegan Shoemaker to tight end Aiden Carr in the left corner of the end zone, capping off a six-play, minute-long drive.
“Last week, at the end of the game, we didn’t do a good job of executing our two-minute offense, and it cost us,” Schmidt said. “That was a point of emphasis for us going into this week.”
Prosper’s pair of running backs continued their impressive seasons with two more big individual performances. Seniors Kaleb Adams and David Alvarez both found the end zone two times and rushed for 143 and 152 yards, respectively. That opened things up for Shoemaker in the pocket — he completed 10-of-13 passes for 186 yards and a season-high three touchdowns.
Creekview took a less-balanced approach, running a wishbone offense throughout the game without completing a single pass. Often lining up with one or zero receivers on the outside, Creekview ran the ball down Prosper’s throats and broke off a pair of runs for more than 75 yards. Marquell Phillips scored all three of their touchdowns and totaled 138 yards on the ground, while quarterback Jonah Weece ran for 114 yards.
“That offense is tough to stop,” Schmidt said. “They have a fullback that when they hand it off to him on the dive, he can go. Every snap you play on defense against a wishbone offense has to be fundamentally sound.”
Despite all the positives taken away from the blowout win, Prosper still has a few areas of concern. Schmidt pinpointed penalties as something the team needs to work on — in total, the Eagles committed 11 penalties for a total of 119 yards.
Dropped passes also hindered the offense, especially in the second quarter. Alvarez and Adams each dropped throws after slipping open on screens that could have went for touchdowns, and Shoemaker was unable to connect on open deep passes multiple times to receivers that snuck behind the Creekview defense.
“We’ve got to do a better job of catching the ball,” Schmidt said. “That’s something we’ll address next the week.”
The imperfections in Prosper’s game may have been related to playing their first Thursday game of the season. Still, Schmidt was happy with the way his players and coaches prepared on a short week. For Adams, the mindset didn’t change.
“It was the same preparation throughout the week,” Adams said. “We just had to prepare a little bit different and a little bit faster.”
Prosper can earn a playoff berth and top-two seeding with a win at home next week. If they lose, they are still likely to sneak into the playoffs if The Colony or McKinney North loses another game. Kickoff against Lake Dallas is next Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.