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ALLEN — When Allen and Prosper met at a sparsely populated Eagle Stadium on Friday evening, they have been additionally hit by a torrential rainstorm.
But regardless of the bettor’s greatest efforts, it did not emerge victorious from Prosper’s 29-24 win over Allen. Prosper’s protection pressured two turnovers and had 27 unanswered factors within the second and third quarters after falling 17-2 behind to begin the sport that began over two hours delayed.
“I thought maybe we had a few misses or missed tackles, but once we got into the rhythm of the game I thought…we pretty much closed them after that,” mentioned Prosper head coach Brandon Schmidt.
The storm, which canceled or delayed competitions throughout the area, pushed back the Districts 5-6A struggle scheduled for 7:00 p.m. to 9:12 p.m. Braving the torrential downpour, the groups and their followers endured three 30-minute climate delays due to lightning inside inside a 10-mile radius of the stadium.
These 30-minute segments would reset every time lightning struck, forcing each groups back off the sphere at awkward moments. The second delay got here as they shot by their inflatable boats. The third in the course of the taking part in of the nationwide anthem. Schmidt mentioned they’d been getting ready for the delays all week however they nonetheless obtained off to a slower begin within the first quarter and struggled to cease Allen’s speeding assault.
“We’re kind of proud to be able to stop the run,” mentioned Schmidt. “We knew we would have it fixed.”
At 11:04 p.m., because the second half started, Allen had a chance to reply to Prosper’s 21 unanswered factors within the second quarter. Allen as a substitute flipped the ball twice on downs and muffed a punt at his personal 18-yard line within the third quarter. With that subject place, Prosper turned that error right into a three-yard landing 5 video games later.
Defensive defender Adam Due performed for Prosper all evening. He blocked a punt within the first quarter for security and compelled the subdued punt within the third quarter.
“Adam, he’s a special footballer,” mentioned Schmidt. “He is sporty. He is physical. He does so much for us.”
Prosper’s defense, ranked third in the standings among 6A teams and holding top-seeded Denton Guyer to 23 points as the teams played, denied Allen the end zone in the fourth quarter in two crucial stops in the red zone.
“They’re simply an unimaginable defensive soccer crew,” said Lee Wiginton, Allen’s head coach. “You are so incredibly well trained. You are always in the right place.”
Due said Prosper’s defense is so strong because she prepares for it every week and is the team’s defense coordinator.
“Fourth Down is a new nightmare. We’re going to look into that, and that’s what we’ve been through all year,” Due said. “…It’s definitely the coach Bill Robertson. He’s the mastermind behind everything. … We’re all in this together.”
Like fellow districtmen Guyer and McKinney North, Allen and Prosper secured playoff spots ahead of their matchup to form 5-6A’s postseason representatives. But with the win over Allen, Prosper claims the district’s top seed in Division I. Allen is the No. 2 seed in Division I, while Guyer and Mckinney North are the top and No. 2-seed of the district in Division II. Guyer secured the top spot on Friday with a win over McKinney.
“It’s a big deal,” Schmidt said of the top spot. “We mentioned to our children this week, ‘We’re within the playoffs and that is nice, however to make the house sport within the first spherical of the playoffs is a big deal.'”
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