Varsity football survives
late comeback attempt by Jesuit,
wins fifth game of season 30-28


Justin Hudson

Prosper senior Devin Haskins, No. 5, avoids a Jesuit Ranger defender. Haskins had 23 receiving yards and a touchdown Friday. The Eagles escaped Jesuit with a 30-28 win.

Senior Cade York kicked an 18-yard field goal at the end of regulation to lift Prosper past the Jesuit Rangers, 30-28. With the score 24-7 at the half, all momentum pointed in favor of the Eagles, but the Rangers went on a run in the second with a minute left in the game, putting them in the lead 28-27.

The Eagles final drive consisted of a 48-yard rush by Wayne Anderson to set up the game-winning kick. Anderson had yet another performance to take note of, finishing with 231 yards rushing on 29 attempts.

The entire offense concluded Friday with 460 total yards. However, the Prosper defense ended up allowing 413 yards to Jesuit, with a major chunk coming in the second half. This game showcased plenty of offense and not much defense for either team.

Jesuit won the stat battle in first downs (24-22), but Prosper was a slightly better team in both passing yards (182-152) and rushing yards (278-261). The Eagles also managed to force an interception from the Rangers, which was the only turnover from either side.

The only concern from Friday’s game was the overall performance from both sides of Prosper in the second half. After a flawless first half, the team seemed to lose most momentum it had coming into the second. If it weren’t for York’s heroics, the Eagles would’ve lost a crucial home game to one of the worst opponents in the district, record-wise.

In their next game, the Eagles face McKinney Boyd (2-4), who will come into Thursday night following two consecutive victories over Jesuit and Plano. Prosper needs to be careful not to underestimate Boyd, which is an extremely hot team at the moment. The game will take place at the brand-new McKinney ISD stadium where the Eagles opened the 2018 season against Garland Naaman Forest.

Currently sitting in third place in the uber-competitive district 9-6A, the Eagles face an every-game-is-crucial reality when it comes to playoff hopes. With Allen being undefeated with a 6-0 record, the rest of the field is just hoping to finish in the top four spots in order to make the playoffs. Plano East, who dominated Prosper two weeks ago, currently holds the second place spot ahead of the Eagles. Prosper needs to keep winning, and they should have no worries making the playoffs. But, the position in the district is very important. The higher the team places, the easier the road would be for Prosper to win a hopeful state title.

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