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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Spartans bow to River Oaks

  • River Oaks 14, Prairie View 0
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  • Closing out the night 2-0, River Oaks blanked Prairie View 14-0 in the finale of Friday night's jamboree at Dr. E.D. Baker Field.
    Prairie View went three plays and out on its first two series.
    “In the first game, we were able to move the chains which helped our tempo,” Prairie View coach Reagan Morrison said. “It's hard to play tempo when you don't make a first down and that's what happened against River Oaks.”
    While Prairie View had the ball for 29 of 49 snaps vs. Claiborne, River Oaks held a 20-13 edge in plays from scrimmage in the nightcap.
    After holding the Spartans to four yards on the game's opening series, the Mustangs set up at their own 46.
    Jacob Griggs' 59-yard run on second-and-15 was negated by a penalty.
    Undaunted, quarterback Brendan MacGregor delivered a 20-yard pass to Griggs in the middle of the endzone. Shaji Ul-Islam's extra point increased the spread to 7-0 with 9:23 to go.
    Prairie View self-destructed on its second series with a holding penalty and a false start.
    “Offensively, we had some mistakes but it's stuff we can fix,” Morrison said. “I thought our kids played hard.
    “In the first game, our offensive line gave us some pretty good protection. I thought Lucas (Crockett) had a good night. He missed some throws early (in the Claiborne game), but this was our first live action. The timing's still now down, but we'll get there.”
    Aided by a personal foul against the Spartans of the second play on the second series, the Mustangs drove 55 yards on 11 plays to go up 14-0.
    MacGregor's 14-yard pass to Zach Barnes on fourth-and-six was good for first down at the 25.
    Six plays later, Dakota Wingfield punched it in from inside the 1 with 1:46 to play.
    “Defensively, we have a lot to work on. We lined up wrong a few times which is something we knew was going to happen,” Morrison said. “I can say that I was pleased with the effort and some of the things I saw tonight.”
    On a positive note, Morrison was generally happy with the Spartans' line play.
    “The majority of the time, we played one offensive line and one defensive line which makes a big difference,” Morrison said.
    MacGregor completed 7-of-9 passes for 46 yards and Drake Porter carried five times for 25 yards to lead the Mustangs offensively.
    Prairie View finished with 63 total yards (36 passing, 27 rushing), most of which came on the final series.
    Drake Wilmore caught two passes for 27 yards, including a 20-yarder on the final play of the game. Hunter Carpenter rushed four times for 21 yards.
    Page 2 of 2 - Prairie View opens the regular season Friday night, traveling to Coushatta to play Riverdale.
    “We have a long week coming up because we have to put special teams in,” Morrison said.

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