Prosper Falls to Lake Ridge in Home Opener, Readies for Liberty
Keegan Shoemaker completed 12 passes for 105 yards, Wayne Anderson Jr. rushed for 98 of the Eagle’s 182 yards and Jostein Clarke rushed for two touchdowns in Prosper’s home opener against Mansfield Lake Ridge last Friday but the effort wasn’t enough. The Eagles (1-1) fell to Mansfield Lake Ridge 33-16.
“We did a poor job executing offensively,” Prosper head coach Brandon Schmidt said. “I didn’t call a great game and we just didn’t execute a great game.”
But Schmidt said, even on the heels of the loss against Mansfield (1-1), he is optimistic going into Friday’s matchup with Liberty at The Star in Frisco. “We never let one game or another team impact us. We just have to play our game and take care of us.”
Mansfield ran ahead early in the game putting 10 points on the board before the second quarter. Prosper was finally able to answer with one of Clarke’s rushing touchdowns but Lake Ridge’s Dewone Jackson rushed for a 36-yard TD before the half bringing the score to 17-6.
Prosper had its hands full and struggled to keep up. Cade York booted in a 31-yard field goal only to have Jackson come back for a 24-yard rushing touchdown. In the fourth quarter Clarke ran his second touchdown of the night sandwiched between a Jacob Meeks 27-yard field goal and a 31-yard interception return by Jakovye Johnson for the final score.
Justin Benvie, Blake Harrington and Armon Johnson each had big plays and all three put pressure on Mansfield’s offensive run game. Harrington had one of the biggest hits of the night on a throw over the middle while Johnson showed off his speed, running down Lake Ridge’s quarterback from behind 20 yards down the field after missing him on a corner blitz. At one point, Benvie came out of the game with what looked like an injury to his right shoulder but returned to the game a few plays later, giving Prosper fans a reason to breathe a sigh of relief.
In Friday’s game against Frisco Liberty (0-2) at the Star, Liberty is coming off a lopsided loss of its own to Sherman 39-13 in which Liberty gave up 455 total yards (327 passing, 128 rushing). Watch for Prosper to take advantage of its strong-armed quarterback against a weaker passing defense.
Liberty players to watch: Lucas Pickard (Jr TE No. 88), Dimitri Jones (Sr RB No. 32), Danny Marroquin (Sr SS No. 23), Nick Taylor, (Jr SB No. 26), SB, No. 26).
Prosper players to watch: Keegan Shoemaker (Jr QB No. 11), Kaleb Adams (Sr RD No. 22), Blake Harrington (Sr SS No. 10), Jostein Clarke (Jr WR No. 9).
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