The Prosper Eagles are bi-district champions and it all started with a five-minute, 14-play drive that put Prosper on the board with a 1-yard touchdown by senior Jostein Clarke.
But the Wakeland Wolverines capitalized on two Eagle turnovers and Wakeland quarterback Dylan Cadwallader connected with Tre Adams to tie the score at 7. Prosper took possession and junior quarterback Keegan Shoemaker’s pass, intended for receiver DJ Love, was picked off by Peyton Reinersten which lead to a touchdown that would put the Wolverines on top 14-7 with a little over eight minutes left in the half.
That would be the last time Wakeland would lead the Eagles.
Prosper finished out the half with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by senior running back Kaleb Adams to tie the score at 14 each. The Wolverines drove hard until senior Blake Harrington nabbed a game-changing interception inside the Eagle five-yard line.
Shoemaker connected with Clarke, giving him his second touchdown of the night, with just five seconds on the clock in the half. This gave the Eagles a 21-14 lead going into halftime.
Adams found the end zone after carrying four Wolverines at least fifteen yards on his back, adding seven to Prosper’s ever-growing lead over the Wolverines.
The defense, led by the senior foursome of Jevin Jackson, Ross Hendley, Justin Benvie, and Harrington, was top notch in shutting down Cadwallader, something the Eagles knew was important going into the game. Junior Wayne Anderson, Jr. also had a 13-yard interception return in the third quarter. A fumble recovery in the fourth by senior Sean Funches would set the Eagles up for their final Coup de gras in the form of another Adams touchdown. The score was now 38-14 and the Eagles secured their spot as the bi-district champions.
“We just thank the Lord for allowing us to play the game we all love,” said Funches. “We pray it continues a while longer.”
The win was the first playoff victory as a head coach for Prosper’s Brandon Schmidt.
“This team wanted to win, they want to keep playing and they aren’t done,” said Schmidt.
Prosper will play the winner of the game between Marshall and Mesquite Poteet scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Renee Marler | Cedarbrook Media