River Oaks (4-4, 1-0) at Prairie View (2-6, 0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Resuming MAIS District 3-2A play Friday night, Prairie View squares off against the River Oaks Mustangs. Kickoff time for the Spartans' Senior Night contest is 7 p.m.
Prairie View (2-6, 0-1) is trying to build on a two-game winning streak, which includes victories over Tallulah Academy (34-20) and Union Christian (34-20) last week.
River Oaks (4-4), meanwhile, is hoping to continue its trend of alternating wins and losses for at least another week. The Mustangs are 4-0 in odd weeks; 0-4 in even weeks. River Oaks owns wins over Claiborne (34-0), district rival Glenbrook (41-24), Riverdale (31-0) and Central Hinds (21-9), with losses to Adams County Christian (20-18), Washington (28-0), Cenla Christian (28-24) and Trinity Episcopal (36-7) last week.
Prairie View coach Reagan Morrison says the Mustangs' uncharacteristic .500 record is more a product of the schedule than an off year.
“Two of their losses were to 3A schools (ACCS and Washington) and they've beaten Glenbrook and Central Hinds,” Prairie View coach Reagan Morrison said. “Coach (Robert) Hannah always does a good job and I'm sure he'll have them ready to play Friday night.”
For the third straight week, the Spartans are matched against a run-oriented opponent. River Oaks, however, is expected to be better up front than Tallulah or UCA.
“We have to stop the run,” Morrison said. “Their offensive line does a good job, so we are going to have to get off our blocks and flow to the football.”
River Oaks averages 246 yards per game rushing, but has thrown for only 220 yards and two touchdowns the entire season.
Drake Porter (130 carries, 655 yards, 6 touchdowns) and Garrett Morgan (87-570-4) form a solid backfield combo for the Mustangs.
Linebacker Adam Stewart leads the Mustangs' defensively with 85 tackles and two forced fumbles. Among the other key defenders are Dakota Wingfield (44 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles), Zach Barnes (46 tackles, 4 TFL, 5 sacks) and Cody Mcmillin (29 tackles, 6.5 sacks).
After sputtering through the first six weeks of the season, the Spartans have gotten untracked offensively the past two weeks. Sophomore running back Hunter Carpenter has triggered the resurgence with back-to-back 100-plus yard efforts, while senior quarterback Dylan Carroll and senior wide receiver Matt Reed have teamed up for three TD passes.
Senior cornerback Chyenne Mayo, junior linebacker Hunter Green and sophomore defensive tackle Nathan Tarver lead the Spartans defensively.
Prairie View travels to Minden Glenbrook next Friday.