The Prosper Eagles (1-0) varsity squad shined in front of a packed home crowd in their debut at the new Children’s Health Stadium.
The Prosper Eagles’ first home ballgame was a 31-7 defeat of the Rowlett Eagles (0-1), on Friday, Aug. 30.
A wondrous opening ceremony took place before kickoff that included a fleet of jets flying over with a roar that drowned out the packed crowd, and an eagle landing on the 50 yard line, officially christening the start of the season.
“It was awesome,” Prosper head coach Brandon Schmidt said of the Eagles’ first game. “Great environment, great fan support, the whole town came out to support and thats always great to see. Kids were excited about it. Amazing overall experience for a great opening night… I thought we played really well, just need to erase those turnovers on offense.”
Prosper’s JT Lane had 19 carries for 130 yards in the game, while Julian Huggins had 17 for 92 yards and Jackson Berry had 7 carries for 76 yards, and Miyor Paschel had one carry for five yards. Rowlett’s KJ Wekewa picked up 32 yards on seven carries, while Dwonyae Newton had 23 yards on six carries.
Prosper’s Jackson Berry was 10-12-1 through the air, while Rowlett’s Wekewa was 11-37-1.
Prosper’s Hayden Metcalf picked up 45 yards on three catches and Miyor Paschel had 45 yards on five catches.
Rowlett found its way on the board first after a 27 yard interception return for a 7-0 lead early in the game. Unfortunately for Rowlett, the team could not keep the pressure on Prosper both defensively and offensively. That allowed Prosper to go on an uncontested 31-0 run for the remainder of the game.
Prosper got on the board with a minute remaining in the first quarter with a 4 yard touchdown run by JT Lane, tying the game up at 7 a piece.
Prosper picked up two more touchdowns in the second quarter — a 21 yard touchdown pass from Jackson Berry to Hayden Metcalf and a monster 58 yard run by Lane — to put the local Eagles firmly on top with a 21-7 lead.
A slightly slower third quarter only saw 3 points scored by Prosper coming from a long 43 yard field goal by Brady Larsen, making it a 24-7 game.
Prosper capped off the scoring with a Julian Huggins 4 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, giving the game its final score and the first win of Prosper’s 2019-2020 season.
Prosper was back on the field at home against Timber Creek on Friday, which was after press time for this issue, and will be back in action this Friday, Sept. 13, in the team’s first road game of the year against Flower Mound High.
Prosper 31, Rowlett 7
Prosper 7 14 3 7 – 31
Rowlett 7 0 0 0 – 7
R – Taiwan Edwards 27 pick six (Braden Hargrove kick), 11:08
P – JT Lane 4 run (Brady Larson kick), 1:02
P – Hayden Metcalf 21 Pass from Jackson Berry (Larson kick), 10:21
P – Lane 58 run (Larson kick), 8:40
P – Larson 43 field goal, 7:24
P – Julian Huggins 4 run (Larson kick), 6:38
Stats Prosper Rowlett
First Downs 17 10
Rushes-yards 45-307 16-67
Passing-yards 122 77
C-A-I 10-12-1 11-37-1
Punt-average 1-28 3-26
Penalties-yards 6-35 4-30
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-0
Rushing – Prosper: JT Lane 19-130, Julian Huggins 17-92, Jackson Berry 7-76, Miyor Paschel 1-5; Rowlett: KJ Wekewa 7-32, Dwonyae Newton 6-23, Colton Yarbrough 2-11.
Passing – Prosper: Jackson Berry 10-12-1; Rowlett: KJ Wekewa 11-37-1.
Receiving – Prosper: Hayden Metcalf 3-45, Miyor Paschel 5-45, Cameron Harpole 1-20, Jerrod Williams 1-12; Rowlett: Antonio Hull Jr 7-52, Caleb Blair 2-18, Hector Soto 2-7.