Prairie View 43, Union Christian 14

Hunter Carpenter rushed for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Prairie View handled Union Christian 43-14 Friday night.

Layne Gray's 22-yard pass from Dylan Carroll staked the visiting Spartans to a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter, but the Lions soon tied the game.

Prairie View regained the lead, 12-6, a minute and a half later on Carpenter's 34-yard run with 29 seconds left in the opening quarter.

“I thought we came out sluggish,” Prairie View coach Reagan Morrison said. “I told the kids all week that if you let a team hang around, before you know it, you're in a fight. When they scored to tie the game, I thought it was kind of a wake-up call. I thought we played better from the second quarter on. Considering that we played four good quarters last week, I wasn't very happy with the way we started.”

Prairie View upped its lead to 18-6 early in the second quarter on Dylan Carroll's 25-yard pass to Matt Reed.

Scoring twice in a 17-second span, the Spartans put the game away by halftime.

Carroll's short run on a quarterback sneak stretched the margin to 24-6 with 37 seconds to play in the half.

UCA fumbled on its next offensive play and the Spartans recovered at the Lions' 45.

Carroll then lateraled to Lucas Crockett, who fired a 45-yard touchdown strike to Reed. Crockett also kicked the extra point to put the Spartans up 31-6 at the break.

Carpenter's 27-yard run increased the Spartans' lead to 37-6, but the Lions (1-7) returned the kickoff for a touchdown and tacked on a 2-point conversion.

Nolan Whorton's first varsity touchdown on an 8-yard toss from Carroll with 10:22 left to play concluded the scoring.

Carpenter accounted for 190 all-purpose yards to pace the Spartans offensively. Besides the 128 rushing yards, he returned punts for 38 and 13 yards and caught an 11-yard pass.

Prairie View finished with 282 yards (192 rushing, 190 passing) of total offense.

Reed caught three passes for 95 yards and Bryan had three grabs for 48.

Whorton was the Spartans' top tackler with eight stops, followed by Bryan with six and Crockett and Hunter Green with five.

Prairie View (2-6) returns to MAIS District 3-2A play at home Friday vs. River Oaks.

Notes: Ross Blackard and Clay Moore saw their first action in the backfield as the Spartans' heavy package made its debut. Lining up at tailback, Blackard carried twice for six yards, while Moore had a 3-yard carry from the fullback spot.