Patrick Pelley's 81-yard touchdown burst provided the margin of victory as Riverfield downed Prairie View 6-0 in Game 2 of Friday night's jamboree at Dr. E.D. Baker Field.
Starting the 15-minute quarter on offense, the Spartans got off to a good start.
Dylan Carroll completed his first two passes to Matt Reed and Austin McDonald for six and nine yards, respectively, and a first down at the 35. A personal foul against the Raiders pushed the Spartans across midfield to the 43.
Two plays later, Andrew Jenkins covered 20 yards on a jet sweep for another first down at the 22.
Carroll rushed for nine yards on first down, but an incomplete pass and a botched pitch brought up fourth-and-three from the 15. Hit at the line of scrimmage, McDonald fought for positive yardage, but a measurement showed the Spartans to be about two inches shy of a first down.
“Offensively, we have to shore up our blocking,” Prairie View coach Reagan Morrison said. “We moved the ball early against Riverfield, but we have to be more efficient. When we get an opportunity, we have to take advantage of it.”
Taking over at its own 13, Riverfield went three plays and out. The visitors were flagged for a false start on second down and Josh Daigle and Cooper Brown combined to stop a running play for a loss of three to help disrupt the drive.
Riverfield opted to give up possession (under jamboree rules, the ball was moved 30 yards downfield rather than punting) and Prairie View's offense set up at the Raiders' 47.
Three plays later, Tristan Oswald and Dylan Pennick shut down a third-and-six running play for negative four yards, bringing on a change of possession.
On second-and-eight from the 19, Pelley cut up the middle, accelerated into the secondary and dashed 81 yards to put the Raiders up 6-0 with 6:33 remaining.
“Defensively, in the Riverfield game, I thought we looked real good in spots,” Morrison said. “They had one big play on us. I was expecting them to pass, so I called a blitz and they caught us. I won't know for sure until I see the film, but I'm pretty sure we had two people in the same gap.”
Following an exchange of empty possessions, the Spartans began their final series from their own 32 with 4:06 remaining.
Prairie View managed to convert a fourth-and-one from its own 41 as McDonald picked up two yards and a first down with just under two minutes remaining.
Shortly afterwards, Cooper Brown caught his first career pass. Unfortunately for the Spartans, the right tackle was an ineligible receiver and the Spartans faced fourth-and-18 after the penalty was marked off.
Flushed out of the pocket, Carroll was hauled down at the PVA 41 after a short gain as the final horn sounded.