WACO — One thing needed to give.
The Woodlands and Prosper entered Saturday night time with loads of momentum. The Highlanders and Eagles had each received 5 of six video games and three straight, however in the end, one crew was going to be left behind whereas the opposite superior to the fourth spherical of the playoffs.
Prosper quarterback Jackson Berry continued his pristine postseason play because the Eagles earned a 38-14 victory over the Highlanders within the Area II-6A (Div. I) semifinals at McLane Stadium at Baylor College.
Berry accomplished 22 of 33 passes for 306 yards and tallied 4 whole touchdowns for the Eagles, who shall be making their first regional remaining look since 2009.
“They’re simply actually assured proper now,” Prosper coach Brandon Schmidt mentioned of his gamers. “Offensively and defensively, we’re taking part in with loads of confidence. The youngsters are simply loving being round one another, and so they’re doing an ideal job of taking part in arduous and executing.”
Prosper (11-2) will face Rockwall subsequent Saturday at Eagle Stadium in Allen. The Yellowjackets (11-2) defeated Klein Oak 37-27 earlier within the day on the similar venue. Rockwall scored 23 unanswered factors spanning the third and fourth quarters towards the Panthers (10-3) to earn the victory.
Solely eight groups stay alive within the Class 6A Division I bracket after this weekend: Prosper and Rockwall (Area II); Duncanville and Southlake Carroll (Area I); North Shore and Atascocita (Area III); and Lake Travis and Converse Judson (Area IV).
The Woodlands, in the meantime, noticed its marketing campaign come to a detailed within the regional semifinals for a second consecutive season. The Highlanders (8-5) managed to safe this system’s 25th straight playoff berth and superior to the third spherical for the fifth time since 2011.
At one level throughout the season, the crew was 2-2 in district play and wanted a powerful end to even qualify for the playoffs. The Woodlands discovered a approach to get the job carried out, nonetheless.
“No. 1, the children believed, and so they by no means stopped preventing,” The Woodlands coach Jim Rapp mentioned. “The coaches did an ideal job of adjusting. We’ve had so many issues, so many alternative lineup modifications and reinventing issues, one week to the following. You get anyone harm in a recreation, and your recreation plan is out the window. So simply the way in which they fought, the children did an ideal job believing.”
Prosper put the primary factors on the board with a 1-yard quarterback keeper from Berry with lower than two minutes to play within the opening quarter.
The Woodlands was in a position to reply on the following possession as Jobarre Reed additionally reached paydirt on a 1-yard run early within the second interval.
Prosper grabbed the lead again later within the second when Tyler Bailey took a jet sweep handoff across the left edge for a 4-yard landing. That put the Eagles forward 14-7.
The Woodlands got here up with an enormous play on particular groups as Cannon Starcke recovered a muffed punt on the Eagles’ 9-yard line. The Highlanders gave the ball proper again, nonetheless, as quarterback Cody Howard was intercepted by Prosper linebacker Aidan Siano.
The Eagles then drove all the way down to The Woodlands’ 3-yard line with 11 seconds remaining within the half earlier than in the end settling for a 20-yard discipline objective from Brad Larson.
The Highlanders lower the result in three on its first drive of the third quarter as Malik Johnson took a faucet cross from Howard and raced 15 yards to the tip zone.
The momentum could be short-lived, nonetheless, as Prosper answered with a 13-yard landing cross from Berry to Hayden Metcalf on the following possession. Metcalf was the highest goal for the Eagles, hauling in 10 catches for 142 yards.
“The Woodlands, that’s a first-class program,” Schmidt mentioned. “Once they got here out within the second half to make it 17-14, I used to be frightened as a result of they’ve been right here and carried out that. I used to be simply pleased with the way in which our youngsters responded after that.”
Prosper tacked on two extra scores — a 46-yard landing cross from Berry to Cameron Harpole and one other 1-yard keeper from Berry — to go forward 38-14 early within the fourth quarter.
The Eagles’ level whole was the very best allowed by The Woodlands all season.
“No matter adjustment they made out of an offensive standpoint was good for them,” Rapp mentioned. “I instructed these defensive guys we’re right here due to them. They need to hold their heads up as a result of they performed a helluva recreation. That’s a superb soccer crew that’s over there. They do some issues on either side of the ball rather well. However these guys over right here, I’ll take them on a regular basis.”