Written by Michael Florek
Prosper overcomes first-half struggles to post comeback victory over Forney
It wasn’t the way Prosper wanted to win its first 4A playoff game, but it was a win.
The Eagles trailed at the half, but came out on the winning side at the end, 26-14, in a Class 4A Division II bi-district matchup Thursday night at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.
Prosper will play the winner of Friday’s Carter-Woodrow Wilson game in the area round.
Four first-half turnovers made Prosper (9-2) a candidate to be the area’s first upset victim, as it trailed Forney (5-6) at halftime, 7-6.
“One of the things we talked about at halftime, we are 8-0 when we’ve won the turnover battle and 0-2 when we lost it,” Prosper coach Kent Scott said. “In the first half, that was the thing that really kept them in the game.”
After having a field goal attempt blocked on its opening drive of the second half, Prosper used a Connor Thompson 22-yard reception and a Marquez Houston 32-yard run to drive to the Forney 12-yard line. Houston then took advantage of a hole up the middle to scamper in for the TD and give Prosper the lead.
Quarterback Davis Webb’s 3-yard touchdown run with the 8:59 left gave Prosper a two-score lead.
Forney responded by driving inside the Prosper 20. Facing a fourth-and-4 from the 15, Forney tried a run to the outside. Prosper blew the play up in the backfield, forced a fumble and returned it to the 49-yard line.
“That’s the best we’ve played defensively probably in three or four weeks,” Scott said. “[I] was really proud of our defensive effort, not only at that point in the game but also in the first half.”
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