Prosper Nears Playoff Berth, Rebounds From Critical Loss With Win Against Carrollton Creekview

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Photo: Sara Carpenter/TexasHSFootball

CARROLLTON — The Prosper High School and its Eagles weren’t able to pull away early but dominated in the second half en route to a 62-21 win against Carrollton Creekview High School on Thursday night at Standridge Stadium.

Prosper (7-2, 5-1 District 14-5A) saw its offense click early and score on each of its first three possessions. Overall, the Eagles racked up 644 total yards of offense, including 385 on the ground. The 62-point mark the second-highest point total for Prosper this season.

“You’re not going to come out every Thursday or Friday and always put your best foot forward,” Schmidt said. “I thought we did a really good job responding with a really good second half.”

Despite their potent offense, the Eagles allowed Carrollton Creekview (0-9- 0-6) to stick around early in the second quarter — first via a 76-yard run by quarterback Jonah Weece set up their first touchdown and a second score after Marquell Phillips ran for a 79-yard score to make the score 28-14.

Creekview High School running back Jonah Weece runs for one of the Mustangs three scores Thursday night. He finished with more than 100 yards and better than nine yards a carry. Sara Carpenter/TexasHSFootball

Prosper hadn’t given up more than 14 points in a game since losing to Mansfield Lake Ridge in the second week of the season.

The Eagles faced a unique look all game, as Carrollton Creekview continued to run their wishbone offense. The Mustangs ran the ball early and often yet failed to complete a pass the entire game. Overall, Phillips finished with 138 yards on 11.5 yards per carry, while Weece racked up 114 yards on 9.5 per carry.

“You have to be gap-responsible,” Schmidt said regarding Prosper’s defense. “If you’re not and you leave a gap open, that’s what happens.”

The Eagles had a 28-14 lead before a Keegan Shoemaker touchdown pass to Aiden Carr made it a three-score game heading into halftime. They drove the ball 68 yards in six plays with just over a minute remaining to get on the scoreboard. Shoemaker finished with three passing touchdowns and 183 yards on 10-of-13 passing.

“It was just a really good opportunity for us to get some work done,” Schmidt said. “At the end of the first half, it gave us a chance to work our two-minute offense.”

Eagle sophomore Aiden Havlovic runs during Thursday night’s matchup with Carrolton Creekview.  Sara Carpenter/TexasHSFootball

Prosper’s running game was able to get back on track after being held to fewer than 100 total yards last week against The Colony. Kaleb Adams ran 14 times for 143 total yards and scored two touchdowns in the first half. David Alvarez followed up with 152 yards on 14 carries of his own and also found the end zone twice.

“We just struggled a little bit last week because of the look that they had,” Adams said. “It was good to bounce back.”

On the receiving end, Devin Haskins caught three balls for 82 yards and a touchdown, while Jostein Clarke also had three receptions for 63 yards and a score. Clarke added a goal-line plunge for a touchdown late in the second quarter.

Prosper can clinch a playoff berth if The Colony loses to Carrollton Newman-Smith on Friday. If not, Prosper controls its own destiny in a home matchup against Lake Dallas to end the regular season.

Alex Lessard covers prep and University of North Texas football for TexasHSFootball. Follow him on Twitter,@alexjlessard and read more of his content at texashsfooball.com.

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