When you run into a buzz saw or a team that’s a little bit angry, you end up finding out that not all games are going to be easy and not every play is going to go your way.
Such was the case on Thursday night as the Prosper Eagles ran into one of those buzz saws, losing 46-18 to the Bulldogs of McKinney North on a night were the boys in green and white just couldn’t get anything to go their way.
Right from the start, the Bulldog defense didn’t allow Prosper to get anything going on the ground. Their rushing attack, with quarterback Ryan Davis and running backs Robert Mahone and Kaleb Adams, has been what has set up the rest of their offense thus far this season. But Bulldogs’ star defensive end, and Texas A&M commit, Justin Madubuike wasn’t having it, making his presence felt early and often through the first quarter.
It wasn’t just Mahone, picking up most of his yards on a big run in the 4th quarter, who was having trouble getting any forward momentum going, even quarterback Ryan Davis couldn’t any big chunks of yardage that Eagle fans had been used to seeing him pick up to this point in the season.
Maybe the motivation of having Aggies’ head coach Kevin Sumlin on hand to watch was extra motivation for the senior defensive end because he was giving the Eagles nothing to work with.
This was one of those nights where you look at the box score and think that this was just another blow out, plain and simple. But then when you actually go back and watch the game, you realize how many possessions McKinney North started in Prosper territory including four straight in the first quarter. You look at the big roughing the kicker penalty that gave the Bulldogs an automatic first down, which they turned into a touchdown a few plays later. Or you look at the fumbled punt that went from a big stop by the defense to yet another momentum killer that McKinney North turned into seven points.
The game could have been a lot different. But, as they say, could have, would have, should have.
Bottom line, they didn’t. McKinney North did.
Chalk this one up to one of those rough weeks but, then again, you didn’t think District 10-5A was going to be an easy one to deal with, did you?
The schedule doesn’t get any easier next week as Prosper returns home to welcome in star running back Eno Benjamin and Wylie East who hung 72 points on McKinney North just a week earlier.
What Prosper can hang on to five games into the season is knowing they’ve won the same amount of games (3) as they did all of last year. There is a silver lining somewhere. They can also hold on to the fact that they know they are a much better team than they were last season with most of the same roster still in tact. Their defense is faster, their offense more efficient, the belief of the team, and the city, is far greater. Baby steps.
There’s still a lot of football to play and a lot of possibilities for this team to find themselves a postseason spot. Not going to be an easy ride but there isn’t a team anywhere he would want it that way.
Time to shake this one off (no pun intended) and get ready for some home cooking next week.