It started with a homecoming parade, it continued with SMU head coach Chad Morris making his appearance in the Mustang TempoCopter just before kickoff, and it ended with what could very well be Prosper’s most complete game win since possibly their 29-14 win over Justin Northwest earlier this season.
Every coach wants his team to play mistake free and not beat themselves.
On homecoming night, the Prosper Eagles did that as they put up an impressive 46-27 win over Wylie and, for the just the second time all season, didn’t turn the ball over but penalties were still a thorn in their side as they were hit with 11 for 108 total yards.
They were flying around the football, the linebackers and defensive line were getting good pressure on the quarterback and forcing mistakes. Not a bad statement for these players to make in front of one of the top head coaches at one of the biggest upstart programs in the metroplex.
Linebacker John Brannon had a big night, grabbing an interception and almost returning for a touchdown before he was caught from behind at the two-yard line, as did Joe Hunter who was making his presence felt on his very first start of the season with JT Graham on the shelf with an injury.
But it wasn’t just Brannon and Hunter who had themselves a big night, there were big plays being made by defensive linemen Andrew Verhulst and Justin Alvarez along with linebacker Jay Bias, who had his share of big hits in this game, as well as Trent Owens and Collin Brown.
On offense, running back Robert Mahone scored three times and wide receiver Cedric Haskins had his best statistical game all season catching four passes for 109 total yards and a touchdown. Quarterbacks Ryan Davis and Easton Murrell also added touchdowns as did backup running back Austin Lind, totaling five Eagle players scoring touchdowns in this game.
You better believe that head coach Chris Ross has to be pleased with his team and their performance over the last two weeks. Say what you want about their heartbreaking loss to Wylie East, the Eagles were 30-point underdogs going into that game and almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the district if not in all of 5A Texas football.
Prosper still has a lot of work to do over the next couple of weeks because they still have a shot at the top of the district if they can win the remainder of their games against Denison, McKinney and Lovejoy which will be no easy task.
As it stands right now, the Eagles are in a three-way tie for third place in the district with aforementioned Wylie as well as McKinney North, the team who took down Prosper just a few weeks ago and a win over Lovejoy next week could put them in four-way tie for second place if McKinney North (vs Denison) and Wylie (vs Sherman) both win their respective games this coming Friday.
From there it’s anyone’s ballgame. Prosper isn’t out of the playoff chase and they still very much control their own destiny. The final three weeks of the season won’t be easy but if they can continue to take care of business, the Eagles will do the exact same thing as the Texas Rangers did this season.
Prove them all wrong and be well on their way to a post-season bid.
For now, their head coach and the rest of the team will enjoy this win and there’s no reason they shouldn’t. It was a good win. But it’s back to work on Monday as they get ready for a showdown with a very good Lovejoy squad, one that will have huge district implications, and it’s a game they’ll have to win on the road.
Not an easy task, but if the last two weeks are any indication, Prosper may very well be up for it.