Senior running back Kaleb Adams had a career night, rushing for 226 yards and a season-high five touchdowns in Prosper football’s win, 43-17, on the road at Ron Poe Stadium on Friday, Oct. 20.
The Eagles (6-1, 4-0 District 14-5A) performed well in all phases of the game, especially on defense. McKinney North (4-3, 2-2 District 14-5A) was held scoreless in the second half after entering the game averaging 473 yards and 42 points per game.
“Our defense did a great job and gave us great field position,” Prosper head coach Brandon Schmidt said. “Offensively, we didn’t have to go very far to score.”
On offense, Prosper ran the ball nearly 80 percent of the time. All but one scoring drive was capped off with a touchdown by Adams. Four of those came in the first half, all of which came from more than 20 yards out.
“He’s a very determined runner,” Schmidt said. “He runs angry, and he’s not going to be taken down by one man. He’s special.”
Another stellar showing from the Prosper offensive line created a dearth of holes for Adams to run through. Still, his ability to make cuts allowed the Eagles to thrive. Adams barreled through a defender and broke multiple tackles on his second touchdown of the game, using blocks on the perimeter and his speed to find his way behind the defense.
“Coach Schmidt says the offensive line makes ten-yard runs, and the receivers make touchdown runs,” Adams said. “It’s great having that around me.”
After going back and forth in the first quarter, Prosper was able to pull away to a three-score lead early in the second quarter. McKinney North made it close with a touchdown run with 29 seconds left in the first half, but were shut down from that point forward.
Quarterback Cameron Constantine and running back Lamar Lucas were able to gain big chunks of yardage right out of the gate. Lucas was on track for another big game before leaving with an ankle injury and missing the second half, leaving him finishing with 124 yards and a touchdown. Constantine flashed his speed to finish with a combined 129 yards on the ground and through the air.
“That whole defensive line did a great job of causing havoc in the backfield,” Schmidt said. “Their quarterback is going to be feeling it tomorrow.”
Once Lucas left the game with an ankle injury, the Eagles front seven dominated the line of scrimmage and disrupted the rhythm of the Bulldogs offense. In total, the Eagles stuffed the opposition at the line of scrimmage 11 times and tackled them in the backfield six times.
“We just played for the man next to us,” senior defensive linemen Jevin Jackson said. “We played as a unit. When guys do their job, other guys can make plays. It gives everybody opportunities.”
Prosper is now 4-2 against McKinney North since each team joined the district in 2012. The Eagles have now beaten them in back-to-back years.
“They really stuck it to us two years ago when I was a sophomore,” Adams said. “It feels good to win, but it feels the same as it would in a close game.”
Prosper’s winning streak is up to five games with an average margin of victory of 35 points per game.
The Eagles will return home for a matchup versus The Colony (4-3) on Friday, Oct. 27. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.