Prosper falls to Lake Ridge 38-28 to end season


Neha Madhira

Players on the Prosper defense look towards the sidelines in a game against The Colony.

Zach Markey, Sports Writer and Editor

Prosper saw their season end Friday night with a disappointing 38-28 loss against Mansfield Lake Ridge in the third round of the playoffs. Although Prosper looked great in the first half, the second half saw them put up a total of zero points, while allowing 17 to Lake Ridge. Star running back Kaleb Adams went down with a leg injury late in the first quarter which slowed down the Eagles’ offense.

Prosper lagged behind in the second half mainly due to the momentum Lake Ridge left the first half with. Towards the end of the second quarter, quarterback Keegan Shoemaker threw an interception which resulted in Lake Ridge taking over in Prosper’s territory. After a couple 10 yard runs, Lake Ridge running back Cartraven Walker exploded for a 22-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-21.

Coming out for the second half, the Eagles looked slow and unmotivated. And like stated previously, Prosper was held scoreless and allowed 17 points in the second half which led to the loss.

Although the outcome Friday night wasn’t what most wished for, there’s still plenty to be proud of for this Prosper team. Junior Quarterback Keegan Shoemaker made some great throws, and looked comfortable (most of the time) in a stage as big as the Texas 5A Playoffs. Shoemaker ended up throwing 2 TDs, and kept the Eagles’ offense in the game with Kaleb Adams injured.

Kaleb Adams rushes for a touchdown in a game against Lake Dallas.

As for Adams, his senior season was one that cannot be put into words. The way he ran the football each game was in a way that Prosper won’t have for quite a while. He is truly the definition of a feature back. For his final line, Adams finishes the 2017 season with 1651 yards and 30 touchdowns (leads the district). As of yesterday, Kaleb received his first college football offer from Western State Colorado University. Weather he decides to play football there, or another lucky college, they will be getting a great football player.

What makes the end of a football season so sad is the amount of seniors who have to play their last game of the sport they love. A majority of the defensive starters for Prosper are in fact seniors, and they played their last game Friday night. For a defense that was so consistent and dominant throughout the entire season, it was sad to see it all come to an end in a way like this. Defensive leaders Armon Johnson and Justin Benvie were just some of those who played their last game in the green and white. With a majority of the starters leaving, Prosper coaches will look for more juniors and sophomores to fill those roles in the winter and spring.

This football season was one filled with memories we will never forget. Although it’s sad we have to say goodbye to seniors like Kaleb Adams and Justin Benvie, it’s also exciting to realize that we have players like Keegan Shoemaker and Devin Haskins to look forward to. The 2017 season will be one I’ll never forget, and I already can’t wait for the 2018 season.