Prairie View 46, Acadiana Home School 0
Layton Rainbolt and Tanner Caldwell combined to score all seven of Prairie View's touchdowns in a 46-0 homecoming victory over Lafayette Acadiana Home School on Friday night.
Prairie View (4-0) scored on its first three possessions en route to opening up a 20-0 first quarter lead.
"We handled our business and the game was basically over at halftime," Prairie View coach Bo Barton said. "On the flip side, the kids could have gone through the motions and made it a close ballgame. Any time the kids come out and basically put the game away by halftime, all you can say is, 'You did what you were supposed to do.'"
Prairie View went into the game with little or no idea of what to expect from AHS (0-2) as the two sides did not exchange tapes.
"When you don't swap films and still play that well, you have to tip your hat to our kids," Barton said. "They handled all the homecoming festivities well, and handled everything well."
Knockdown blocks by Caldwell and Caleb Tanksley helped spring Rainbolt for 63 yards on the opening kickoff.
Rainbolt eventually scored on a 1-yard run to cap a five-play, 25-yard drive.
Kentrell Spencer's 22-yard interception return put the Spartans right back in business at the Commandos' 16.
Three plays later, on first-and-goal from the 5, Rainbolt followed Tanksley and Jamarco Edmonds into the end zone from five yards away. Hayes Crockett threw to Layton Woodard on the 2-point conversion as the Spartans went up 14-0 midway through the period.
Back-to-back sacks by Jacob Walker and Tyler Peters forced the Commandos into a punting situation on their second series.
Rainbolt's 31-yard punt return gave the Spartans advantageous field position, once again, at the 25. On the next play from scrimmage, Caldwell made a twisting catch at the right pylon, stretching the margin to 20-0.
AHS threatened on its next sequence, marching from its own 35 all the way to the Prairie View 1. A false start on fourth-and-goal backed the Commandos up the 6 before the Spartans took over on downs on an incomplete pass.
Prairie View turned the ball over via an interception on its next snap, with the Commandos regaining possession at the 37.
Two plays later, Blake Ray forced a fumble and Austin Carroll recovered at the 27.
Rainbolt's 24-yard screen pass behind an escort from Austin Harper and Gage Riles and Caldwell's 16-yard reception sparked an eight-play, 73-yard drive as the Spartans expanded the difference to 26-0. Rainbolt's fourth touchdown of the evening — a 2-yard run — opened the second quarter scoring.
Prairie View got the ball right back on the kickoff as Carroll picked up a live ball at the AHS 22. Rainbolt took it in from there, increasing the spread to 32-0.
Following an AHS punt, the Spartans began their final series of the half from the 14 with 1:51 on the clock.
Crockett's 19-yard run and 28-yard pass to Layton Woodard led to a first down at the 21. Spencer's 21-yard TD reception was erased by a holding flag, and the Spartans soon faced second-and-28 from the 38. Rainbolt then turned a screen pass into a 36-yard gain to the 2. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Crockett rolled to his right and flipped to Caldwell for the touchdown on the final play of the half. Cade Murphy's 2-point run put the Spartans up 40-0 going into the break.
Caldwell's 35-yard run around the right edge on the Spartans' initial second half possession closed the book on the scoring summary.
AHS pushed deep into Prairie View territory on its next series before Rainbolt picked up a fumble in the end zone to preserve the Spartans' second straight shutout. Prairie View's first defense remained unscored upon.
"That was two good challenges for our defense, and we were able to stop them," Barton said.
Carroll led the way defensively with eight tackles and a fumble recovery. The Farrar brothers — Jacob and Kolton — were next with seven and six stops, respectively.
Rainbolt was responsible for 225 all-purpose yards (71 rushing, 60 receiving, 63 kickoff return, 31 punt return).
Prairie View is back home Friday night against Riverfield.