Prosper became one of just 16 remaining teams in the 6A Division 1 playoffs with a commanding 45-18 win over the Mesquite Skeeters at Eagle Stadium in Allen on Nov. 22.
The Eagles punched their ticket to regionals for the second time in three years with their most efficient offensive output of the year. They tallied 451 yards of offense on just 48 snaps from scrimmage for an impressive 9.4 yards per play. Prosper also held the Skeeters to their second-lowest point total of the season.
Prosper (10-2) will face off against The Woodlands Saturday at 7 p.m. in the regional semifinal round at Baylor’s McLane Stadium in Waco. The Woodlands slipped past Cypress Woods with a 34-28 victory in triple overtime last week.
Junior quarterback Jackson Berry’s 156.25 passer rating in the game is just 2.05 points short of a perfect game. He completed 12 of his 16 passing attempts for 245 yards and four touchdowns while rushing three times for 24 yards. Berry eclipsed 30 passing touchdowns on the year with his performance.
Prosper senior running back JT Lane was nearly unstoppable on the ground as he gained 7.35 yards per carry over 17 attempts for a total of 125 rushing yards and reached 16 season touchdowns with his two against Mesquite.
Senior Hayden Metcalf led the Eagles with four catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Tyler Bailey hauled in four passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Junior Grant Peck caught his only pass for 37 yards and a touchdown.
Junior kicker Brad Larson was perfect once again as he converted all six of his extra-point attempts and kicked a 33-yard field goal.
After holding Mesquite to a three-and-out on the opening drive, the Eagles took advantage of a short punt that landed at the Skeeters’ 30-yard line and scored in under three minutes. After a false start on first-and-goal, Berry threw an 11-yard pass to Metcalf in the endzone.
Mesquite answered quickly with a touchdown of their own at the same pace, but a missed extra point left them behind a point. After forcing the Eagles to punt, Mesquite put together a methodical drive but had nothing to show for it thanks to a shanked field goal that rolled, untouched after the kick, into the endzone for a touchback. Prosper, always the opportunists, struck with a six-play, 80-yard drive that ended in another touchdown connection between Berry and Metcalf.
Prosper scored again just before halftime thanks to its defense putting Berry and company in great field position. After moving the chains twice, Berry took an 11-yard sack on first down, got right back up, and slung a 37-yard pass to Peck for his third passing touchdown of the half.
The Eagles started the second half with a four-minute long possession that spanned 75 yards in 10 plays, and Larson tacked on three more points to Prosper’s lead with a 33-yard field goal. Mesquite crossed the goal line for the second time on the ensuing drive, but their two-point conversion failed, and they were still behind 24-12.
Prosper buried the Skeeters’ hopes of reaching regionals with three unanswered touchdowns in as many possessions. They scored in just over a minute as Bailey showed immense focus and hauled in a tipped pass with a defender in his face to put the Eagles up 31-12. Berry and Bailey connected again for a 51-yard gain on their next offensive opportunity, which Lane finished with his first touchdown of the game.
Lane did it all himself in Prosper’s final full drive as he rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown in just three snaps. Mesquite scored in their final possession, but for the third time in as many tries, the point after attempt failed. The Eagles ran out the clock to seal their spot in the regional semifinals.
Prosper rose to 10-2 with the win over Mesquite. The Eagles travel to Waco to face off against The Woodlands Highlanders (8-4, 5-3) this Saturday. The Highlanders are no strangers to the regional rounds either, as they have been in the third round for three of the last four years and finished as state runner-up in 2016.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday at Baylor University’s McLane Stadium in Waco.
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Prosper vs Mesquite Box Stats
1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
Prosper 7 14 10 14 45
Wylie 6 0 6 6 18
PR- Hayden Metcalf 11-yard pass from Jackson Berry (Brad Larson kick), 7:53
ME- RJ Bonner 42-yard run (kick failed), 5:25
PR- Hayden Metcalf 11-yard pass from Jackson Berry (Brad Larson kick), 5:33
PR- Grant Peck 37-yard pass from Jackson Berry (Brad Larson kick), 0:56
PR- Brad Larson 33-yard field goal, 7:45
ME- LaDarius Turner 5-yard run (run failed), 4:49
PR- Tyler Bailey 17-yard pass from Jackson Berry (Brad Larson kick), 3:35
PR- JT Lane 1-yard run (Brad Larson kick), 8:04
PR- JT Lane 32-yard run (Brad Larson kick), 4:29
ME- K.B. Frazier 9-yard run (kick failed), 1:34
First Downs 22 20
Total Net Yards 483 508
Rushes-Yards 32-206 48-235
Passing 245 136
Comp-Att-Int 12-16-0 10-18-0
Punt Returns 1-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns 7-137 2-32
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-19 1-18
Punts 1-36.0 2-18.5
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-50 9-90
Time of Possession 19:29 28:25
Rushing: Prosper, JT Lane 17-125-2, T. Bailey 5-35, J. Berry 3-24, M. Jolley 3-23, M. Linnebjerg 2-18; Mesquite, D. Hillard-McGill 17-127, RJ Bonner 7-45-1, K.B. Frazier 4-41-1, L. Turner 18-38-1, S. Evans 1-2.
Passing: Prosper, J. Berry 12-16-4-245; Mesquite, D. Hillard-McGill 10-18-0-136.
Receiving: Prosper, H. Metcalf 4-76-2, T. Bailey 4-75-1, K. Nickerson 1-41, G. Peck 1-37-1, C. Harpole 2-16; Mesquite, J. Smith 5-63, RJ Bonner 2-33, K.B. Frazier 1-17, Dillard 1-12, L. Turner 1-11.