Prairie View 34, Riverdale 6
Hunter Carpenter ran for three touchdowns in the second half as Prairie View overwhelmed Riverdale 34-6 in the MAIS season opener for both teams Friday night.
After the first half ended in a 6-6 stalemate, the Spartans found their rhythm for 20 third quarter points.
Quarterback Lucas Crockett's 15-yard run on the first series of the second half put the visitors up 12-6.
“We put together a good drive to start the second half and that kind of got us going,” Prairie View coach Reagan Morrison said. “By the end of the third quarter, I thought we had worn them down a little.”
Carpenter scored on runs of eight and six yards and added a 2-point conversion to give the Spartans a 26-6 advantage by the end of the third quarter.
Capping a 20-carry, 197-yard effort, Carpenter tacked on a 15-yard jaunt in the fourth period. Nolan Whorton's conversion run wrapped up the scoring.
Drake Wilmore caught a 10-yard slant pass from Crockett to open the scoring.
Later in the first quarter, the Rebels tied the game on Zack Givens' 30-yard reception.
“Our defense stayed on the field a ton in the first half,” Morrison said. “In the first half, we could not get untracked. Every time it looked like we were about to get something going, we would shoot ourselves in the foot with a penalty or a dropped pass. It's hard to get the tempo when you're going three and out.
“In the second half, we started moving the ball.”
Prairie View generated 398 yards of total offense (213 rushing, 185 passing).
Carpenter, who caught three passes for 47 yards, accounted for 244 all-purpose yards.
Crockett completed 18-of-41 passes for 185 yards.
A senior making his varsity football debut, Wilmore hauled in 10 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Cody Kinnaird contributed three catches for 70 yards.
Hunter Green and Layne Gray were in on 16 tackles apiece, followed by Whorton with 14. Prairie View registered four sacks — one each by Green, Carpenter, Nathan Tarver and Devin Hughes.
“Our defense played great all night,” Morrison said. “They were on the field a lot in the first half and gave up only one touchdown. I was really proud of the effort on that side of the ball.”
In addition to starting the season in the win column, the Spartans came out of the game injury-free.
“We're glad to be 1-0,” Morrison said. “We're going to enjoy it this weekend and get back to work Monday. We have a few bumps and bruises, but everybody came out of it healthy.”
Prairie View returns home Friday to face University Academy (formerly Cenla Christian) at 7 p.m.