Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: Prosper shows it belongs with 4A’s big dogs, tops area-No. 1 Frisco Centennial, 38-36
PROSPER — It was homecoming Friday night at Prosper, giving alumni a chance to remember good times from the past. But on the field, Prosper’s football team was giving strong hints about the future.
Formerly a powerhouse in Class 3A, Prosper made its first big splash in 4A with a 38-36 victory over Frisco Centennial, the area’s top-ranked 4A team.
“That’s definitely a statement win for this program,” said Prosper quarterback Davis Webb, who threw for four touchdowns. “We talked all week about how we needed to show our underclassmen that we could beat top 4A teams.”
Prosper (5-0, 2-0 in District 9-4A) scored the winning touchdown with its most impressive drive of the night, a seven-play, 73-yard drive that included four plays of more than 10 yards. Webb scored on a 1-yard keeper to give Prosper, No. 6 in the area, a 38-36 lead with 4:33 left.
Centennial (4-1, 1-1) followed with a drive into Prosper territory, but was stopped on fourth down at the 33 yard-line. Prosper ran down the clock and punted, giving Centennial one last gasp at its 5-yard line with 12 seconds left.
One play was almost enough. Centennial quarterback Lamar Jordan threw to Cody Bagwell, who broke free from a pair of defenders. Prosper’s Torii Hunter Jr. ran him down at the Prosper 38.
Jordan completed 27 of 42 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns, but his one interception changed the game dramatically. Centennial led, 29-25, and was at the Prosper 32 after three quarters. But on the first play of the fourth, Hunter picked off Jordan’s pass and returned it 75 yards for a score.
Centennial responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive, culminated by Jordan’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Bagwell, to take a 36-32 lead with 7:25 left. But Prosper, which didn’t turn the ball over and took advantage of three Centennial turnovers, had one more answer.
“We know we can score fast,” said Webb, who completed 20 of 36 passes for 196 yards and also rushed for 60. “We knew we could do it.”
An overflow crowd at Prosper’s stadium, which holds only about 3,000, watched some unusual plays in the first half. Webb threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Money Hunter on a fourth-and-22, and Centennial scored two points when Blair Swanner went the length of the field after recovering Prosper’s blocked point-after try.
Prosper ended the first half with a 77-yard drive that included two catches after deflections. The second resulted in a 10-yard touchdown reception by Zack English that tied the score at 19 with one second left.
It was a sometimes-odd game played by a pair of evenly matched teams. When it was over, Prosper and its fans celebrated a landmark win for a program that won a 3A title in 2008.
“Centennial is a really good team,” said Webb, a senior who is orally committed to Texas Tech. “I knew we would have to play our ‘A’ game, and we did.”
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