Prairie View 36, Riverdale 6
COUSHATTA — For whatever reason, it's not uncommon for an athlete to have an off game after being spotlighted in the Enterprise the previous week. Prairie View senior linebacker/running back Austin Carroll was unaffected by the article, "Heat-seeking missile," http://www.bastropenterprise.com/sports/20181003/austin-carroll-prairie-views-heat-seeking-missile in Thursday's edition. Instead, he may have played his best overall game of the season, which is saying something. Carroll rushed for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns and logged 14 tackles — three for negative yardage — and forced a fumble in the Spartans' 36-6 road victory over Riverdale on Friday night.
Starting the game on offense, Prairie View covered the opening kickoff at midfield.
On third-and-14, Luke Denman's 29-yard pass to Layton Woodard moved the sticks to the 25.
Five plays later, Jaheem Brown opened the scoring on an 11-yard screen pass to the left side. Denman ran the 2-point conversion to put the Spartans up 8-0.
Prairie View had all the points it would need.
Two series later, the Spartans doubled their lead with a 10-play, 87-yard drive.
Converting on fourth-and-seven from their own 38, Prairie View pressed into Riverdale territory on Denman's 19-yard toss to Woodard.
Brown's 23-yard pickup pushed the chains to the 13 before Jacob Farrar connected with Hunter Little on a 19-yard touchdown aerial. Farrar's 2-point pass to Cade Murphy upped the margin to 16-0 early in the second period.
Riverdale closed the gap to 16-6 on its next series. Facing second-and-13 from the Prairie View 44, Justin Oliver took a short pass from Witt Almond, slipped a tackler at the 42 and sprinted to the endzone.
Recovering the onside kick, the Rebels took over at the plus-44.
Riverdale's momentum was short-lived. Two incomplete passes later, Woodard's 33-yard interception return put the Spartans back in business at the plus-37.
With the Spartans facing fourth-and-four, Carroll bolted 31 yards for the touchdown.
Carrying a 22-6 lead into the break, Prairie View put the game away on its second series of the third quarter.
Overcoming a first down holding penalty on the initial play of the series, the Spartans traveled 70 yards on six plays. Denman kept for 29 yards to move the Spartans into Riverdale territory at the 39 before capping the drive with a 7-yard TD scamper.
Oliver's 33-yard reception on the Rebels' next series was good for a first down at the 20, but Caleb Christmas stopped a first down running play for a loss of two and broke through for a 7-yard sack on third down to quell the threat.
Taking over on downs at the 29, Prairie View was back in the endzone four plays later on Carroll's 35-yard run. Murphy ran the deuce to put a wrap on the scoring.
Prairie View racked up 525 yards of total offense (309 rushing, 216 passing).
Closing out the regular season with a three-game homestand, the Spartans (6-1) play Prentiss Christian for homecoming Friday, followed by encounters with Briarfield (Oct. 19) and Claiborne Academy (Oct. 26).