Prairie View split two games in the Riverfield Jamboree on Friday night, besting Tallulah Academy 8-0 and bowing to the homestanding Raiders 30-8 in the nightcap. Riverfield won the opener of the triple header over Tallulah 16-0.
Bouncing outside on a counter, Layne Gray scored the game's only touchdown from three yards out vs. Tallulah. Hunter Carpenter ran the 2-point conversion to put the Spartans up 8-0.
Gray's touchdown came on the Spartans' second possession.
Prairie View moved into Tallulah territory on its initial series, before turning the ball over on downs. Crockett's 30-yard pass to Cole Bryan enabled the Spartans to cross into Trojans' territory.
Crockett also hit Matt Reed on a slant route for a 45-yard touchdown strike against Riverfield, but it wasn't nearly enough.
Riverfield quarterback Tristan Oswald lofted a pair of long touchdown passes to Mark Simmons (70 yards) and Brendan Morris (40 yards) in the finale. Oswald also scored on a 10-yard run and Morris added a 17-yard TD scamper.
Typical of this time of the season, Prairie View coach Reagan Morrison was pleased with the effort, but saw room for improvement.
“I thought our backs ran hard, but we need to do a better job of protecting the football,” Morrison said. “We had some botched snaps and we have to get our timing down on some handoffs. Those are correctable mistakes.
“Offensive-line wise, I thought we did a better job of pass blocking than run blocking.”
Seeing double duty at defensive end, Crockett had a solid night on both sides of the field. Tackle Nathan Tarver was also among the Spartans' defensive leaders.
“Defensively, we are going to have to do a better job of getting off of our blocks,” Morrison said.
Prairie View suited up only 15 players for the contest as senior quarterback Dylan Carroll (knee), junior running back Hunter Green (bruised hamstring) and sophomore lineman Preston Goodson (illness) sat out.
Opening regular season play at home Friday night, the Spartans tangle with Riverdale.