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Fighting Scots fend off furious comeback by Propser.


  • Fighting Scots fend off furious comeback by Propser.

    Stephen Dieb reaches over to get the score and extend the Scots lead over the Prosper Eagles


    Highland Park usually can rush the ball and use a bruising attack to wear down defenses but why do that when you have a quarterback that can throw strikes, short or long, to move those chains and get points aplenty? The Fighting Scots QB, Henry Allen did just that, throwing for 370 yds and 3 scores. He was calm when the Scots needed to convert a late 4th down to seal the game for the Eagles.

    Allen played a wonderful game and when Propser took an early lead, he didn’t flinch and threw a long 60 yard strike to Chris McCullough for the score.

    Prosper was able to move the ball with a nice running game. Eagles running back, Robert Mahone was effective running to the left and kept drives going well into HP territory. The problem was in the first half, Propser couldn’t convert to points. The HP defense was more in a bend but don’t break mode and in critical times, it didn’t break in the first half. Highland Park though was able to score in the first half, thanks to the passes of Allen. Another long pass to Parker Alexander extended the lead and a pass to Chris Buell with just a minute left in the half extended HP’s lead to 21-6.

    Prosper had some trouble passing the ball and Highland Park was trying to just focus on the running of Mahone. In the 3rd quarter, it worked, forcing Prosper to punt on a few drives Highland Park started keeping things on the ground and the brusing rushing of Stephen Dieb did great. Henry Allen also did a few rushes to eat some clock and gain yds. Dieb scored on a dive run, stretching the ball out for the score.

    A 28-6 lead and Prosper looked out of it, but Propser kept working with Mahome and QB Ryan Davis. When Mahome needed a break, Kaleb Adams filled in and gained some good yards. QB Ryan Davs had some success scrambling and getting to the sticks. Their persistence paid off as Mahone capped off the drive with a short TD pass that Mahone ran the rest of the 10 yds in the score.

    The Scots QB was still throwing well, but a mistake was finally made, with 7 minutes left in the game. Allen threw a pass to the left flat but it was snagged by the Prosper defense. Propser then found an X on the HP defense. They started throwing deep in the secondary and the deep pass to Brock Goodard got em in business. Mahone did the rest with a 10 yd run to cut the lead to 28-21.

    Highland Park didn’t panic. Allen kept his passes crisp, finding Chris Buell and then gaining the tough yards with Stephen Dieb. It was effective and the drive took off 4 minutes, capped with a Dieb rush from 4 yds out. 35-21.

    It was fourth and long and Prosper could not get any passes going. From their own 22, Prosper was about to turn the ball over on downs, but Prosper once again found the X. A deep bomb over the top of the HP secondary and Bayley Mack catches it and runs it all the way for the score! XP good and it is 35-28.

    Onside kick fails but Prosper has two timeouts. The Scots were pushed back and had a 3rd and 14. Prosper was going to get this ball back. Had the momentum but Allen threw a great side pass to Buell and got it within 3 chain links of a first down.

    The Scots went for it on the Prosper
    42 and the sneak by Allen, aided by the great push of the Scots O-Line, sealed the win.

    It was an overall good game for the Scots but the coaching staff will definitely want to shore up the late breakdowns in the secondary. It allowed Prosper to get back in the game. The offense of HP is excellent and should be ready to compete in 10-6A. For the Eagles, the lack of points in the first half, hurt them and also need to seal the sidelines. Eagles gave up a lot of passing yards today but the resilience a fight they showed was excellent and the Eagles will be ready for district play.

    (Stats courtesy of the Dallas Morning News)
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