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Running back-quarterback tandem lead Argyle to big win over Prosper
LITTLE ELM - Argyle rolled up an impressive 45-14 victory over Prosper in the Class 3A Division II area round at the Little Elm Athletic Complex on Friday night.
Senior running back Layton Lowry and junior quarterback Austin Aune posted eye-popping numbers as Argyle (12-0) jumped out to 24-point halftime lead.
But it was a dominating performance by Argyle's offensive front of center Harrison Hood and tackles Dylan Taylor and Trey Keenan which often led to gaping holes and all kinds of time for Aune to pass. Argyle scored on seven of its first eight drives. Argyle stopped itself once by losing a fumble but then showed it had a big-time kicker to go along with balanced running and passing.
Lowry rushed for 168 yards on 19 carries with three rushing touchdowns and one receiving. Aune completed 16-of-22 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Chad Hedlund had a 34-yard field goal which would have been good from 54 yards. Junior tight end Chadd Bossow, showing great technique in starting off as a blocker but breaking quickly into a pass route, ended with five catches for 119 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown.
Argyle led, 31-7, at halftime in its second convincing victory over Prosper (7-5), just two years removed from its 2008 Class 3A Division I state title. Argyle defeated Prosper, 40-17, in a September non-district matchup. Argyle ended the regular season atop The News' Class 3A area rankings and advances against the winner of Saturday's meeting between Gilmer and Van.
Prosper looked liked it might be able to hang with Argyle after tying the score, 7-7, on its first possession. Prosper's promising sophomore Darius McClinton-Hunter scored on a 45-yard catch and run. Hunter is one of Prosper's three speedy and talented multi-sport sophomores who are sons of major league baseball star Torii Hunter. McClinton-Hunter had a 54-yard run in the second half that set up a 3-yard touchdown run by junior Javelle Allen, a lefty quarterback who took over the offense after moving in from Humble this season.
But Argyle's defense, led by lineman Tyler Luce and linebackers Carston Bossow and Tucker Ray, allowed little. Prosper didn't commit any turnovers, but it couldn't sustain drives. Prosper had six punts and one fourth-down attempt that failed late.