“Attitude of a Champion, Hustle of an underdog” could well describe this year’s Prosper High School Football team. The team came into the largest and, arguably, one of the strongest, 6A districts in the state of Texas. Rising from the ranks of 5A, the Eagles were assumed to be the underdog in this year’s matchup, but the team didn’t take that title lightly.
Beginning in pre-season, the team focused on a motto of No Limits. While the media and even some fans were limiting the Eagles to their potential in the new 6A district this season, the players and coaches were committed to a focus that the only limits they have are the ones they place upon themselves. Every week the goal was to be 1 and 0.
The team played 3 pre-season games beginning on September 1st against Naaman Forest who they defeated 48-14. The next game was a 56-14 win against Timber Creek (Fort Worth). The final pre-season game, the Eagles took on Flower Mound and again came away victorious with a 51-21 win.
As the team entered pre-season, the determination continued. The first game was against McKinney High where the Eagles got their first 6A district win with a 35-7 victory. The team played Plano East the next week. In a tough battle, the Eagles lost 26-14. Dallas Jesuit was the next foe the Eagles faced. A reputable opponent, the game was truly a battle. Eagle Head Coach, Brandon Schmidt, said that his favorite moment of the season came in the last second field goal that gave the Eagles the 30-28 win over Jesuit.
The next game was also a back and forth game in which the Eagles were down by 10 on at least two occasions, but they pulled out a 42-37 win against McKinney Boyd. Plano West was the next game and the Eagles took a 55-7 win. The last two games of the season would prove to be two of the toughest for the Eagles. They lost to District Champion Allen 54-21. The team bounced back to face Plano Senior in the last district game for a chance to clinch a home playoff game. The game came down to the last few seconds with the Eagles winning 43-35 closing Plano’s season.
The Eagles played their first 6A playoff game and the very last Varsity Football game in Eagle Stadium on 11/16 vs. Naaman Forest. The Eagles came out on top 41-21. Coach Schmidt said that he is “really proud of these guys for stepping up and competing when so many didn’t think we had a chance in this 6A district. Our coaches and players knew that we could compete.”
The team will play Longview on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.
They may still be the underdog, but there is no doubt that the Prosper Eagles have proven that they have the hustle.