Prairie View 8, Riverfield 6;
Prairie View 14, Glenbrook 0
MONROE — Prairie View coach Bo Barton wasn't sure how two weeks of indoor football practice would carry over to the game field.
Barton may be onto something as the Spartans won both of their Jam at the Grove games at the expense of Riverfield (8-6) and Glenbrook (14-0) Saturday night at Malone Stadium.
A water-logged practice field forced the Spartans inside for all but part of one practice in the days leading up to the jamboree.
"For being in the gym eight out of the last nine days, I thought we did okay," Barton understated. "A lot of kids played and a lot of kids touched the ball. We don't have many kids (20), but they are working their tails off."
In the opener, the Raiders and Spartans combined for five turnovers in the first six minutes before both teams settled down.
Quarterback Hayes Crockett's 59-yard touchdown scamper on the Spartans' fourth possession opened the scoring. Layton Rainbolt ran the 2-point conversion to put Prairie View up 8-0 with 4:06 to play in the 12-minute quarter.
Riverfield answered with a six-play, 65-yard drive, capped by Cole Garrett's 2-yard run. Zach Carnegie's 27-yard run set the up Garrett's score as the Raiders drew within 8-6 with 2:26 remaining.
Prairie View went three and out, and the Raiders took over at the Prairie View 39 with 37 seconds on the clock. Garrett Brakefield's 12-yard pass to Carnegie was good for a first down at the 29 before Layton Woodard's interception on the final play of the game preserved the victory.
"We had three turnovers in the first game, and still won," Barton said. "Any time you can do that and still come out on top, you're lucky."
Creating three turnovers never hurts your chances, though.
Tyler Peters forced a fumble on a sack, which teammate Gage Riles recovered, to end the Raiders' first possession. Cole Kinnaird caused another fumble for a turnover on Riverfield's second series.
Prairie View out-gained the Raiders 132 (107 rushing, 25 passing) - 103 (82 rushing, 21 passing).
Wrapping up the eight-game schedule, the Spartans had their way with Glenbrook 14-0.
"We did what we were supposed to do in the second game," Barton said. "I thought we played hard and competed hard in both games. We had some mistakes here and there, but overall, I was pleased with the effort. We just have to keep getting better."
Tanner Caldwell took a screen pass to the house from 31 yards out on the Spartans' fifth snap to open the scoring. Rainbolt's 2-point run upped the margin to 8-0 with 8:07 remaining.
After Glenbrook's second straight empty possession, the Spartans took over at their own 33.
Kentrell Spencer's 47-yard reception advanced Prairie View to the 20.
A personal foul backed the Spartans up to the 35, but Caldwell moved the chains with a 13-yard burst on third-and-three.
Two plays later, Crockett found Rainbolt on a 23-yard touchdown pass to the left side of the end zone.
Crockett was a perfect 6-for-6 for 114 yards as the Spartans amassed 136 yards in the 12-minute quarter. Caldwell and Rainbolt caught two passes apiece for 40 and 25 yards.
Led by Jacob Farrar, Kolton Farrar, Austin Carroll and Peters, the Spartans held the Apaches to zero first downs and seven total yards on 10 offensive snaps.
Prairie View opens the regular season Friday in Farmerville against Union Christian at 7 p.m.
"I'm proud of the way our kids played in the jamboree, but we're still 0-0," Barton said. "It doesn't matter what happened in the jamboree. Union is probably the most improved team in the area. They have some talent."
UCA split its two jamboree games, defeating Glenbrook and losing to Riverfield.
"If they hadn't played back-to-back, the Riverfield game may have turned out different," Barton said. "They were up two touchdowns against Riverfield, and got tired.
"I'll be interested to see how we progress this week and the next. Most of your growth comes from Weeks 1-3."