The Prosper Eagles secured their third consecutive bi-district championship and their ninth in 13 years with a 24-point shutout victory over the Wylie Pirates in Wylie on Nov. 15.
Prosper’s defense was outstanding, holding Wylie to 2.6 yards per play for a total of 158 yards. The Eagles’ offense was equally as dominant as they racked up 343 yards in 30 rushing attempts and 18 passing attempts.
Junior quarterback Jackson Berry was a large part of Prosper’s offensive success. He completed 14 of his 18 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 39 yards. Berry eclipsed 2,000 yards and 25 passing touchdowns for the season, pushing his totals up to 2,227 passing yards and 27 touchdowns.
Senior receiver Hayden Metcalf led the Eagles in both receptions and receiving yards with six receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore wideout Tyler Bailey caught three passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 12 yards.
Bailey and Metcalf, with 11 and 10 receiving touchdowns, make Prosper one of only two DFW 6A teams with two players at nine or more receiving touchdowns this season, according to Bryan Sutcliffe of the Sportsgram Network.
Senior running back JT Lane led the Eagles in rushing with 52 yards in 17 attempts, adding on to his 1,000-yard, 14-touchdown season in which he’s averaged 6.3 yards per rush. Junior Brad Larson was perfect again in this game as he completed all three of his extra point attempts and a 34-yard field goal.
The Eagles’ defense controlled the skies as they held Wylie quarterback Marcus McElroy to just five completions and 42 yards in 17 attempts. They also forced an interception that shot Prosper’s offense into action. Wylie had no more luck in the rushing attack, as their 44 rushes for 116 yards comes out to just 2.6 yards per carry across the team.
The first quarter was a defensive battle, until Prosper’s defense came up with an interception on a deep pass and handed their offense the ball on their 8-yard line. Berry completed three of his four passes and rushed for 24 yards as he drove the offense down the field and found Tyler Bailey on a streak for a 45-yard touchdown.
Prosper struck again early in the second quarter after their defense forced a turnover on downs near midfield. They took a personal foul but did not let it stall their drive, as they cranked out 66 yards, including the 20-yard touchdown connection between Berry and Bailey, in six plays to double their lead.
Both teams traded punts until Wylie was able to get a drive going just before halftime. They attempted a 41-yard field goal as time expired, but it fell into the endzone.
The Pirates attempted and completed an onside kick to open the second half but had nothing to show for it. They were forced to punt after a three-and-out. Prosper quickly crossed the goal line again when, after seven plays and a holding penalty, Berry threw his final touchdown pass of the day to Metcalf for 60 yards.
Prosper’s defense held the Pirates to back-to-back turnover on downs before the end of the third quarter. Shortly after the start of the final frame, Larson kicked a 34-yard field goal on fourth-and-4. The Eagles forced Wylie into another three-and-out and turnover on downs before running out the clock to punch their ticket to the area championship.
With their bi-district championship win, Prosper rose to 9-2 on the season. This week, they prepare for their matchup against the Mesquite Skeeters (8-3, 3-3) at Eagle Stadium in Allen.
Prosper scores 36.5 points per game while holding opponents to just 16.7 points and 247.6 yards per game. In contrast, Mesquite scores 34.9 points on average and allows 23.5 points and 326.9 yards per game.
Both teams average over 200 rushing yards per game; Mesquite’s 273 yards per game is 63 yards more than the Eagles’ average. Prosper, however, averages just over 200 yards in passing, while the Skeeters gain just 120 yards per game through the air.
The Eagles will be tasked with stopping Mesquite’s two-headed rushing attack of LaDarius Turner and Dylan Hillard-McGill, who have combined for 2,096 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. Hillard-McGill has also thrown for 1,199 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 42.1 percent of his 195 attempts.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at Eagle Stadium in Allen.
Prosper at Wylie Box Stats
1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
Prosper 7 7 7 3 24
Wylie 0 0 0 0 0
PR- Tyler Bailey 45-yard pass from Jackson Berry (Brad Larson kick), 2:12
PR- Tyler Bailey 20-yard pass from Jackson Berry (Brad Larson kick), 9:14
PR- Hayden Metcalf 60-yard pass from Jackson Berry (Brad Larson kick), 7:26
PR- Brad Larson 34-yard field goal, 11:11
First Downs 16 11
Total Net Yards 343 158
Rushes-Yards 30-93 44-116
Passing 250 42
Comp-Att-Int 14-18-0 5-17-1
Punt Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns 0-0 1-17
Interceptions Ret. 1-0 0-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 6-37
Punts 4-29.6 5-39.6
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-52 7-50
Rushing: Prosper, TEAM 1-(-10), JT Lane 17-52, J. Berry 6-39, T. Bailey 6-12; Wylie, TEAM 1-(-1), M. McElroy 20-56, W. Perry 15-48, S. Kramer 4-11, T. Adams 4-3, J. Nalley 1-(-2).
Passing: Prosper, J. Berry 14-18-3-250-0; Wylie, M. McElroy 5-17-0-42-1.
Receiving: Prosper, H. Metcalf 6-120-1, T. Bailey 3-72-2, C. Harpole 2-24, K. Nickerson 2-20, G. Peck 1-14; Wylie, A. Henry 3-24, M. Ford 2-18.