Prairie View 40, Claiborne Academy 6
HAYNESVILLE — Tuning up for postseason play, Prairie View closed the curtain on the regular season with a 40-6 shellacking of Claiborne Academy on Friday night.
After going three and out on their first series, the Spartans scored on five consecutive possessions.
Tanner Caldwell's 25-yard dash capped a six-play, 52-yard drive to start the scoring. Circling around the left edge on third-and-11, Caldwell picked up blocks from Demarco Edmonds and Blake Ray at the line of scrimmage. Hayes Crockett's 2-point pass to Layton Woodard made it 8-0 late in the first quarter.
Claiborne drove from its own 38 to the Prairie View 18 on its third series before Kentrell Spencer picked off a third down pass at the 3.
Starting at the 18 after a 15-yard foul against the Rebels, the Spartans covered 82 yards on just four plays.
Tanner Caldwell's 43-yard reception and a 16-yard grab by Hunter Little got the series off to a promising start. Layton Rainbolt accounted for the final 23 yards with runs of 19 and seven yards. Rainbolt also tacked on the 2-point conversion as the visitors doubled their lead to 16-0 with 8:04 to play in the second quarter.
Claiborne managed two first downs on its next possession before Kolton Farrar's 30-yard interception return put the Spartans back in business at the plus-36.
Crockett went right to work from there, finding Kentrell Spencer for the touchdown. Rainbolt's conversion stretched the margin to 24-0 with 4:42 remaining before halftime.
Claiborne went three and out on its next series, with the Spartans starting from their own 7 after the punt.
After an incomplete pass, Rainbolt cut to his left, slipped a tackle at the Prairie View 40 and completed a 93-yard touchdown gallop unimpeded. Crockett's convert enabled the Spartans to carry a commanding 32-0 spread into the pause.
Picking up where it left off, the Spartans went 71 yards on six plays after receiving the second half kickoff.
Spencer 36-yard reception set up first-and-goal at the 7, and Rainbolt took it in from there. Rainbolt also ran the conversion as the Spartans finished the evening a perfect 5-for-5 on 2-point plays.
Claiborne (3-6) avoided the shutout when quarterback Reed Anders sneaked in from the 1 on the final play from scrimmage. Two plays prior, Anders scooped up a teammate's fumble and rambled 42 yards to the 1 to set up his own touchdown.
Prairie View logged 400 yards of total offense (246 rushing, 154 passing).
Rainbolt rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns on just nine attempts as seven different backs combined to average 9.9 yards per carry.
Crockett completed 6-of-10 passes to four different receivers for 154 yards.
Claiborne picked up 80 of its 214 total yards (180 rushing, 34 passing) on its final drive.
Austin Carroll paced the Spartans defensively with 15 tackles, including two stops in the backfield. Spencer was next with 12 tackles and a pick, followed by Jacob Farrar with 10 stops and Gage Riles and Ray with eight tackles apiece.
Prairie View (7-3) will face MAIS District 5-2A rival River Oaks in the first round of the playoffs Friday night in Monroe.