Claiborne Academy 42, Prairie View 20

Prairie View showed signs of coming around offensively, before falling to Claiborne Academy 42-20 Friday night at Dr. E.D. Baker Field.

Held to 12 points through the first two weeks, the Spartans (0-3) got a boost from the season debut of senior quarterback Dylan Carroll. Making his first appearance since suffering a major knee injury in Week 5, Carroll threw for 128 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

“Dylan made some good throws. You could tell his timing was a little off, but that was to be expected,” Prairie View coach Reagan Morrison said. “He just hasn't been getting the reps. His timing is going to get better week to week.”

Trailing 14-0, the Spartans got on the board when Hunter Carpenter crashed in from three yards out midway through the second quarter.

Carpenter ran for another touchdown late in the first half, closing the gap to 28-12 at halftime.

Carroll's 22-yard pass to Cole Bryan drew the Spartans within 28-20 with 7:05 left in the third quarter.

With the Rebels facing third-and-18 on their next series, a personal foul penalty against the Spartans kept the drive alive.

“That was a big momentum swing,” Morrison said.

Claiborne (2-1) put the game away with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns.

“I still think the guys are playing hard,” Morrison said. “I told them they just have to keep believing and keep their heads up.”

Carpenter rushed for a career-high 100 yards on 20 carries to lead the Spartans offensively and contributed eight tackles on the defensive side.

Bryan caught four passes for 43 yards and Chyenne Mayo had a 37-yard grab.

Layne Gray led the way defensively with 16 stops and a sack, followed by Hunter Green with 14 tackles and Devin Hughes with eight. Nathan Tarver added five tackles and a sack.

“Offensively, we just need to get more consistent,” Morrison said. “Defensively, we have to tackle better. We had a lot of missed tackles.”

Matt Reed had a good night punting for the Spartans with kicks of 45, 42 and 46 for a 44.2-yard average.

Prairie View is on the road Friday night against Central Hinds.