The Prosper Eagles put on a show for their homecoming game, defeating the McKinney Boyd Broncos 29-3.
Children’s Health Stadium was home to a sold-out crowd for the Oct. 18 matchup, and Prosper head coach Brandon Schmidt took notice.
“This is the best community in the state of Texas,” he said. “The support that we get, both for the parade on Wednesday and the game tonight, shows this community is second-to-none.”
Prosper’s defense bounced back from the previous week’s loss and dominated this game by winning the line of scrimmage and making open-field tackles. They stonewalled the Broncos, allowing only five first downs and 60 total yards. They also forced and recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown for the Eagles’ offense.
“Last Friday night was not reflective of what our defense is capable of,” Schmidt said. “They came out here tonight with an attitude and put their best foot forward.”
On the other side of the ball, Prosper struggled to find the endzone early but ran wild in the second half. The team earned 27 first downs and tallied 418 total yards.
Jackson Berry threw for 159 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 19 attempts. He also rushed for 87 yards. On the receiving end of both of his touchdown passes was Tyler Bailey, who caught seven passes for 52 yards and rushed for 32 yards.
JT Lane’s 146 yards on 19 attempts led the Eagles’ rushing attack, but Fisher Naumann scored the lone rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
“He came out in the second half like a man possessed, and our offensive line made great holes for him,” Schmidt said. “He’s a hard, tough, physical runner. Tonight, JT was JT.”
A 29-yard return on the opening kickoff gave McKinney Boyd fantastic field position, but Prosper’s defense forced them to punt before earning a single first down. The Eagles drove 89 yards in 15 plays and finished their first possession with Brad Larson’s 21-yard field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line.
Prosper’s defense forced another early punt out of McKinney Boyd, but on the fourth play of the ensuing drive, Bailey caught a short pass from Berry and fumbled the ball. Boyd eventually capitalized on the turnover by kicking a 35-yard field goal that capped a nine-play, 34-yard drive.
The Eagles responded to the turnover with a decently long drive, but the offense stalled shortly after passing midfield. The defense pecked at McKinney Boyd again, holding them to their second three-and-out of the contest.
Prosper started the next drive on their own 25 after a booming punt by McKinney Boyd’s Connor Dailey. With the clock winding down on the first half, the Eagles marched 65 yards in eight plays, allowing Larson to convert his second field goal of the day, a 27-yarder, to send his team into halftime ahead 6-0.
As they have so often this season, Prosper’s offense exploded in the third quarter. In 11 plays, the Eagles flew 89 yards down the field and added six points by way of another touchdown strike from Berry to Bailey. Larson struck the extra point between the uprights and Prosper led 13-3.
Schmidt opted to gamble on the following kickoff, and it paid off. Larson chipped a kick just over the front lines of Boyd’s return team, and Prosper’s coverage squad recovered the loose ball at Boyd’s 26-yard line. Six plays and 22 yards later, Larson kicked his third and final field goal of the contest from 27 yards away, extending the Eagles’ lead to 16-3.
Prosper forced a fumble on the third play of the next drive, which gave their offense the ball at the Broncos’ 13-yard line. Three snaps later, Berry found Bailey again for their second touchdown connection of the day and eighth of the season. Larson completed the point after, and the Eagles led 23-3.
Neither team made any headway through the remainder of the third quarter. After forcing the Broncos into a third three-and-out, Prosper gained possession in opposing territory. They kept their foot on the gas pedal, driving 43 yards in nine plays before Naumann’s 7-yard touchdown rush put an exclamation point on the Eagles’ sixth win of the year.
With their homecoming victory, Prosper moves to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in District 9-6A competition. They sit alone in second place, one game ahead of Plano (5-2, 2-1) and one game behind Allen, who is undefeated.
Prosper looks ahead to this week’s road matchup against the winless Wolves of Plano West. The Wolves allowed nearly twice as many points as they scored so far this year. With Prosper playing against Allen the following week, it might be easy to overlook Plano West and focus on Allen, but Schmidt is having none of that.”
“There will be no talk, no distractions, about the Allen game.” Schmidt said, “What is important is getting back to work tomorrow and getting better every day.”
Game time for Prosper’s contest with Plano West is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at John Clark Stadium in Plano.