No. 1! Unbeaten Allen Eagles win third-straight Texas High School Football State Championship

Just how good was Kyler Murray as starting quarterback at Allen? The numbers point to why he was No. 1.
How good was Kyler Murray as starting quarterback at Allen? The numbers point to No. 1. (Courtesy of TexasAgs)

By Brian Bearden

ARLINGTON, Texas – Allen quarterback Kyler Murray passed for five touchdowns and 317 yards as the No. 1 Eagles beat Cypress Ranch, 47-16, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Undefeated Allen (16-0) recovered three fumbles and blocked an extra point to overcome Cypress Ranch’s strong running attack as the Eagles won their Texas High School Football State Championship for the third season in a row.

Dallas George blocked and returned the blocked kick 89 yards to contribute two more points to Allen’s scoring output and keep the momentum.

George was named the game’s defensive most valuable player. Murray was picked as offensive MVP for the third consecutive season.

Murray (22-32-0) completed three touchdown passes to Kerry Hall and one apiece to Cody Butler and Lee Morris in the Class 6A Division I State final on Saturday night.

Murray found Butler (5 catches for 100 yards) open with 11:08 to go in the first quarter. Butler made the catch and ran 51 yards for the game’s opening touchdown.

Keon Williams (9 for 60 yards) scored Allen’s lone TD on the ground from the Cypress Ranch 1-yard line with 7:38 showing in the second quarter.

Hall caught nine passes for 127 yards. Hall scored his first of three touchdowns in the game on a 17-yard pass from Murray with a second remaining in the second quarter to put Allen ahead at halftime, 21-7.

Hall, who averaged 14.1 yards per reception, scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard pass in the third quarter with 3:25 to go. His third TD came on a 37-yard pass from Murray.

Morris (4 for 55 yards) closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Murray.

Murray, who wants to play next at Texas A&M, led Allen in rushing with 63 yards on nine quarterback keepers. Allen had 488 total yards against Cypress Ranch.

Receivers Jalen Guyton (3-28), Tenio Ayeni (1-11), Camden Harrison (1-7) and Bryann Mhina (1-0) had catches for Allen.

Trent Clark had a 44 yard run on one carry for Allen. Murray averaged 7.0 yards per carry, and Williams ran for 6.7 per rush.

Kicker Sawyer Williams made six extra-point attempts and a 36-yard field goal.

Allen reserve QB Jared Harvey (2-2-0) passed for 11 yards.

Cypress Ranch (13-3) ran for 195 yards in the game. Charlie Booker ran 24 times for 115 yards. Quarterback Collin Rock ran 14 times for 85 yards and passed 14 times for 123 yards on seven completions.

Cypress Ranch only punted once, had five yards in penalties and Rock had no interceptions.

The Allen Eagles have won 43 straight games and three consecutive state football championships.
The Allen Eagles have won 43 straight games and three consecutive state football championships.

By the numbers

0 – Points Allen’s defense has allowed in last three playoff games in the fourth quarter

1 – Kyler Murray’s jersey number and Allen’s ranking last three seasons

3 – State titles in a row for Allen and three offensive MVPs in row for QB Kyler Murray

4 – Four State Championships for Allen and Coach Tom Westerberg (2014, 2013, 2012, 2008)

5 – Touchdowns passing for Kyler Murray in Saturday’s 6A State Championship

42 – Wins with Kyler Murray as starting quarterback

43 – Victories in a row for Allen Eagles

134 – Coaching wins at Allen for Tom Westerberg, who is now 134-14 in 11 football seasons.

52,308 – Number of football fans at the Class 6A Division I championship game

Road to the 2014 6A State Championship

Playoff run

Allen 59, Keller Central 21

Allen 25, DeSoto 22

Allen 69, Arlington Martin 54

Allen 30, Euless Trinity 27

Allen 52, Skyline 34

Allen 47, Cypress Ranch 16

Notable for Collin County football – Celina also won three state Class 2A Division II titles in a row from 1998 to 2001.

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Allen Eagles take on Cypress Ranch in 6A State Championship

The unbeaten Allen Eagles play for the Texas High School Football Championship against Cypress Ranch (13-2) at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Class 6A Division I State Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington will be broadcast on FOX Sports Southwest and FSSW Plus.

ALLEN EAGLES (15-0) vs. CYPRESS RANCH (13-2)
8 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

‘A Christmas Carol’ playing at MPAC

Visit downtown McKinney while you are Home for the Holidays.
Visit downtown McKinney while you are Home for the Holidays.

McKinney Main Street and McKinney Performing Arts Center welcome newscomers and old friends to Historic Downtown this holiday season.

To do:

Dec. 19 – McKinney Repertory Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, McKinney Performing Arts Center

Dec. 20 – McKinney Repertory Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, McKinney Performing Arts Center 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Dec. 21Erica Lane in concert, McKinney Performing Arts Center

Contact: 972-547-2660.

Murray passes for five touchdowns as Allen overcomes Dallas’ Skyline in 6A showdown to return to state championship game

Brian Bearden’s Collin County – Texas High School Football Playoff Roundup

Allen 52, Skyline 34: Allen quarterback Kyler Murray passed for five touchdowns to rally the Eagles for yet another playoff victory and a chance to win another state football championship.

Allen went into the half at the Class 6A Division I State Semifinal game down, 14-10, at SMU’s Ford Stadium, then fell behind, 28-10, on two more quick touchdowns by the Raiders with 8:09 remaining in the third quarter.

Many teams would have folded when Skyline’s Jalon Spencer hauled in a tipped Allen pass for a big interception then dodged and darted 97 yards for a touchdown.

That turned out of be a defining moment.

Instead of folding, Murray reloaded Allen’s offense.

Murray (24-36-1, 406 yards) found Kerry Hall (5 catches for 69 yards) open for a 34-yard strike to the left with 7:20 remaining in the third period.

Skyline drove back down to scored on a 11-yard pass from backup quarterback DeQon Hardister (13-17-1, 188 yards) to Savon Rollison (7-59 yards rushing, 12 for 122 receiving) for a 34-20 lead with 2:54 left in the third. Rollison’s third touchdown of the game only inspired Allen more en route to a trip back to the state football championship game.

Skyline finished at 14-1. Allen has won 42 games in a row.

The 15-0 Eagles scored just 35 seconds later on a 9-yard pass from Murray to Lee Morris, who scored the first of his three touchdowns in the second half with 2:19 showing in the third quarter. Allen scored 28 points in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 603 yards in total offense. Allen’s defense shut out Skyline in the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Morris scored Allen’s first two of four touchdowns as the Eagles coached by Tom Westerberg kept chipping away. Murray hit Morris (8-187 yards, 3 TDs) for a 26-yard touchdown strike with 11:15 remaining. Morris scored his third touchdowns on a 3-yard pass on third-and-3 with 6:11 to go.

Allen averaged 6.6 yards per carry, running the ball 30 times against Skyline. In addition to passing for five touchdowns, Murray ended up leading the Eagles in rushing with 115 yards on 17 keepers.

Allen punted twice while Skyline lost a fumble and punted four times. Allen blocked Skyline’s extra-point kick try with 2:44 to go in the third quarter.

Murray connected with Jalen Guyton on a 10-yard touchdown for the only score of the first quarter with 2:28 remaining.

Allen’s David Feliciano (6-23 yards rushing) scored on a 1-yard run with 4:01 remaining, and Keon Williams (6-59 yards rushing) finished off the Raiders with a 36-yard run with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter.

Allen’s Cody Butler caught six passes for 98 yards. Camden Harrison hauled in one pass for eight yards.

Injury report: Skyline starting quarterback Kalen (K.C.) Johnson (6-8-0, 35 yards) left the game with the score tied at 7-all after bending his thumb back on his team’s 17-play scoring drive in the second quarter. Daleon Ward (18-115 yards) capped the drive on a 2-yard TD run for Skyline at 6:22 left in the first half. Johnson had passed for 36 touchdowns this season as the Raiders won their first 14 games. Not once was Johnson intercepted going into the Allen showdown.

Next: Allen (15-0) plays Cypress Ranch (13-2), which beat Converse Judson, 38-31, in the state semifinals at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Class 6A Division I State Championship game will be in Arlington at AT&T Stadium at 8 p.m. Saturday. Allen will have to find a way to stop junior Collin Rock, who passed for two touchdowns and 235 yards and ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles will also have to slow down sophomore running back Mi’Kel Jackson, who ran for 213 yards and two first-half touchdowns.

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Gilmer rolls past Celina in Class 4A football playoffs

Brian Bearden’s Collin County – Texas High School Football Playoff Roundup

Gilmer 67, Celina 14: In the Class 4A Division II State Semifinals on Friday, Gilmer jumped out to a 33-0 lead after the first quarter and went on to win to close out Celina’s 12-3 season. … Gilmer’s McLane Carter passed for five touchdowns and 228 yards. … Celina’s Nick Grant scored on a 1-yard run with 8:11 left in the first half. … Shane Gerths scored for Celina with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter on a 1-yard run. … Nathan Elliott (13-31-3) passed for 131 yards and ran 13 times for 64 yards. … Celina’s Jarren Alexander ran 10 times for 55 yards. … Elliott’s top passing target was Trace Young, who caught five for 53 yards. … Collin Schmid had three receptions for 34 yards.

Next: Gilmer (15-0) plays West Orange-Stark (13-2) in Arlington at AT&T Stadium at noon Friday for the state football championship. West Orange-Stark beat Sinton, 42-21, in the state semifinals. … Argyle (15-0) takes on Navasota (15-0) at 4 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium in the Class 4A Division I State Final. Argyle defeated Graham, 23-20, and Navasota topped Liberty Hill, 49-26, in the Division I semifinals.

Collin County Magazine is an independent news source read by thousands in the Dallas-Fort Worth area every day. Follow on Facebook and Twitter @CollinCountyMag


WHO ARE OUR READERS? – Collin County Demographics:

County Seat: McKinney

Area: 848 sq. miles of land, 38 sq. miles of water

Towns and Cities: 27

Estimated Population (2013): 854,788

New residents moving in each day (2013: 55 Paved County Roads: 726 miles

Median Household Income (2012 estimate): $82,238

Median Family Income (2011 estimate): $96,008

Average Taxable Home Value (2013): $238,030

Allen comes back again to win on field goal, TD passes from Murray to Guyton as Eagles beat Euless Trinity, 30-27

Brian Bearden’s Collin County – Texas High School Football Playoff Roundup

CLASS 6A DIVISION I REGION I FINAL – Allen 30, Euless Trinity 27: The 14-0 Eagles took an early six-point lead, then went into halftime down, 27-20, before shutting out Trinity in the second half to win on a last-minute field goal by Sawyer Williams. … Allen’s Kyler Murray found Kerry Hall (12 catches for 119 yards) open for the first touchdown Saturday at Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas in Denton at 8:56 in the first quarter. … Murray hit Jalen Guyton for a 24-yard scoring pass with 3:40 to go in the second quarter. Guyton, who averaged 27.4 yards per catch, finished with three touchdown receptions as Allen out-passed Trinity, 428 yards to 108. … Trinity’s Ja’Ron Wilson (19-175 yards) came back with two of his three touchdowns on runs of 4 and 66 yards in the second quarter before Guyton tied it up on a 70-yard strike from Murray with 6:35 left in the first half. Wilson gave Trinity a 27-20 halftime margin with 1:14 remaining on a 35-yard run. Trinity (12-2) outran Allen, 350 yard to 73, but didn’t score again. … In the third period, Murray (25-32-0, 428 yards, 4 TDs) connected with Guyton for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 5:00 showing. … Sawyer Williams, who made the extra-point kicks after all three of Guyton’s touchdowns, nailed a 26-yard field goal with 44 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Williams also made the winning field goal against DeSoto with no time remaining. … Guyton finished with five receptions for 137 yards. … Murray completed six passes to Lee Morris for 141 yards, and hit Cody Butler twice for 31 yards. … Keon Williams had 36 yards rushing on 10 carries. Murray ran 11 times for 26. … David Feliciano ran once for 13 yards. … Allen has won three playoff games in a row after falling behind. … Trinity QB Tyler Natee also added 110 yards rushing on 22 attempts. Next: Allen (14-0) plays Dallas Skyline (14-0) in the Class 6A Division I State Semifinals at SMU’s Ford Stadium in University Park at 6 p.m. Saturday. The stadium is about two blocks west of the Mockingbird Station on the DART line. Skyline beat Klein Oak, 38-20, in the Region II Final. … The winner of the Allen – Skyline game will face Cypress Ranch (12-2) or Converse Judson (10-4).

Class 4A Division II Region I Final champion Celina (12-2) faces Gilmer (14-0) in the State Semifinals at SMU’s Ford Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Celina knocked out Sweetwater, 41-34. … Gilmer beat Atlanta, 64-25, in the East Texas Region II final in Division II. The Celina – Gilmer winner will play West Orange-Stark (12-2) or Sinton (11-3) in the State Championship.

TAPPS
DIVISION I STATE FINAL: Bishop Dunne 41, Prestonwood 10

DIVISION II STATE FINAL: Parish Episcopal 56,  Dallas Christian 14

DIVISION III STATE FINAL: Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 54,  LC Bay Area Chr. 18

Texas High School Football Playoffs: Celina edges Sweetwater; McKinney North, PCA close out successful seasons

Brian Bearden’s Collin County – Texas High School Football Playoff roundup

Celina 41, Sweetwater 34 at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium: Celina’s Nathan Elliott passed for four touchdowns and 262 yards, including a pair of TD passes to Chase Marler. … Trace Young scored the deciding touchdown on a 16-yard run with a minute and 11 seconds remaining. … Elliott (15-27-2) found Braydon Watson open for a 64-yard touchdown pass with 4:19 remaining in the open quarter to tie the score at 7-7. … Elliott connected with Marler for a 19-yard TD pass in the second quarter with 6:47 left in the first half. … In the third quarter, he hit Young with a 3-yard TD pass at 3:45. … Marler (5 for 119 yards) caught his second TD pass on a 30-yard strike from Elliott with 7:28 left in the fourth quarter. … Jarren Alexander ran seven times for 54 yards, and Nick Grant added a TD on a 2-yard run in the last eight seconds of the first quarter. … Celina (12-2) intercepted four of Kaegan Jeffrey’s 30 passes. Next: Celina plays Gilmer at Royse City on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Tyler John Tyler 64, McKinney North 40 at Apogee Stadium in Denton: After falling behind 20-0 after the first quarter, North (11-3) scored 19 in the second quarter. Ronald Jones scored on a 28-yard run with 9:30 in the second quarter. … QB Nick Hutchins (12-22-1) threw for 222 yards. … Ronald Jones (20-188 yards) averaged 9.4 yards per carry and ran for two touchdowns. Jones scored on a 28-yard run with 9:39 left in the second quarter, and he scored on a 78-yard run with 8 seconds left in the first half. … Hutchins gained 59 yards on 19 keepers and scored three touchdowns. Hutchins scored on runs from the John Tyler 2-, 17- and 1-yard lines. … Gabe Constantine caught four passes for 45 yards. … Brennan Harris had two catches for 56 yards, and Jones caught two for 48 yards. … JoMarr Davis caught two for 43, and Miguel Hudson had two for 36 yards for North (11-3). … John Tyler QB Geovari McCollister (16-24-0, 361 yards) passed for five touchdowns. Constantine caught a pass from Hutchins for a two-point conversion. … Justin Madubuike recovered a fumble in the end zone with 6:14 showing. … Eric Stevenson ran 10 times for 51 yards. … Whitaker finished with 42 yards.

Bishop Dunne 41, Prestonwood 10 at Corsicana’s Tiger Stadium: Ryan Cash (21-45-3) passed for 167 yards. … Jonathan Heasley scored on a 55-yard punt return in the fourth quarter with 8:21 to go. … Luke Wendl made a 24-yard field goal with 7:42 left in the first half. … Michael Irvin caught 5 for 74 yards, and Twayne Blackwell had six receptions for 21 yards. … Heasley had 4 catches for 21 yards. … Hayden Clark (18.5 yards per catch), Collin Whitaker (5.0 avg.) and DeOnte Williams (2 yards per catch) each had two catches. … Bishop Dunne’s Micah Simon (15-25-0, 195 yards passing) threw for three touchdowns and ran for 210 yards.

Allen plays Euless Trinity at 2 p.m. Saturday at Apogee Stadium in Denton.

Collin County Magazine is an independent news source read by thousands in the Dallas-Fort Worth area every day. Follow on Facebook and Twitter @CollinCountyMag

WHO ARE OUR READERS? – Collin County Demographics:

County Seat: McKinney

Area: 848 sq. miles of land, 38 sq. miles of water

Towns and Cities: 27

Estimated Population (2013): 854,788

New residents moving in each day (2013: 55 Paved County Roads: 726 miles

Median Household Income (2012 estimate): $82,238

Median Family Income (2011 estimate): $96,008

Average Taxable Home Value (2013): $238,030

County Tax Rate (2014): $0.2375 per $100 assessed value

Independent School Districts: 21

Special Districts: 2

Hospital Districts: None

County-level Elected Officials: 35

Registered Voters (September 2013): 456,843

Voter Turnout (November 2012): 65.8%

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Frisco calls up Pelicans’ skipper to manage RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders will have a new manager for the second time in as many seasons, as Joe Mikulik has been tabbed to lead the squad in 2015. Mikulik (pronounced “MICK-uh-lick”) will be the lone new face on RoughRiders coaching staff, and he replaces 2014 Texas League Manager of the Year Jason Wood, who will manage Triple-A Round Rock next year.

The other members of Frisco’s coaching staff will remain the same for the fourth consecutive season. Jeff Andrews will return as the pitching coach and Jason Hart will resume his duties as the hitting coach, with James Vilade serving as assistant hitting coach. Carlos Olivas will remain the athletic trainer and Eric McMahon will be back as the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

Joe Mikulik replaces 2014 Texas League Manager of the Year Jason Wood, who will manage Triple-A Round Rock next year.
Joe Mikulik replaces 2014 Texas League Manager of the Year Jason Wood, who will manage Triple-A Round Rock next year. (Photo courtesy of Frisco RoughRiders)

Mikulik, 51, managed the Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a Carolina League-best 82-56 record in 2014. The Pelicans won their first round matchup in the playoffs before falling in the circuit’s championship series. Mikulik joined the Rangers organization prior to the 2013 season and served as the roving minor league outfield instructor for one year before being named Myrtle Beach’s manager for 2014.

Known for his passionate approach to managing, Mikulik will be entering his 17th season as a minor league skipper in 2015. Prior to joining the Rangers organization, he spent 13 seasons with the Colorado Rockies as a manager with the Single-A Asheville Tourists. Mikulik also managed the short-season Burlington Indians in 1997 and 1998.

He owns a career regular season managerial record of 1,061-957 (a .526 winning percentage) and has guided his teams to the playoffs five times, posting an 11-12 record in the postseason.

Under Mikulik, Asheville won the South Atlantic League championship in 2012; he was the league’s manager of the year four times (2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008) and was elected to the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame in 2010. He is the Tourists’ and South Atlantic League’s all-time leader in career victories as a manager (938).

Mikulik was born in Weimer, Texas, and lives in nearby Keller. After graduating from Bishop Forest High School in Schulenburg, Texas, he played for two seasons as San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, Texas, where he was an All-American.

Mikulik was Houston’s ninth round selection in the 1984 June Draft and played for 12 years in the Astros organization, rising to Triple-A Tucson. He was a career .274 hitter with 78 home runs, 161 doubles, 48 triples, 527 RBI and 135 steals in 1,053 games.

Outside of stints in Mexico and Venezuela, he manned the outfield for Astros affiliates for the entirety of his professional playing career.

He began his coaching career as a player/coach in the Cleveland organization for Double-A Canton-Akron in 1995. Mikulik’s managerial career began as an interim skipper when he replaced then-Burlington manager and former Rangers special assistant Harry Spilman late in the 1997 season.

After one season as Frisco’s manager, Wood will manage Texas’ Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express, in 2015. Wood was the Texas League Manager of the Year this past season, leading the RoughRiders to a league-best 80-59 record and a playoff berth. His .576 winning percentage ranks third best in team history, trailing only Dave Anderson (.607 in 2007) and Scott Little (.600 in 2008).

Andrews, 55, returns for his seventh season as Frisco’s pitching coach and his 30th as a minor league instructor. He joined the RoughRiders in 2009 and previously served in the same capacity on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ major league staff in 2008. Under Andrews’ tutelage, Frisco’s pitching staff posted its best statistical season in franchise history in 2014. The RoughRiders set club marks in ERA (3.39) and fewest hits allowed (1,136), led the Texas League in shutouts (12), were second in runs allowed (538), second in strikeouts (1,136) and third in fewest home runs surrendered (89).

Hart, 37, is back for his fourth season as the RoughRiders’ hitting coach and his seventh as a coach in the Rangers organization. Frisco’s offense had another strong season under Hart’s instruction, leading the Texas League in batting average (.266), hits (1,239), slugging percentage (.402), and OPS (.332). Five 2014 RoughRiders hitters reached the major leagues this past season (Rougned Odor, Ryan Rua, Luis Sardinas, Jake Smolinski and Tomas Telis), in part thanks to Hart. As a player, Hart played nine seasons of professional baseball, including the 2005 campaign with Frisco. He reached the major leagues with the Rangers in 2002 before a brain tumor disrupted his playing career.

Vilade, a Rangers scout, will return for his sixth season with the RoughRiders as an assistant hitting coach and will handle first base coaching duties for home games. Prior to his time with the Rangers, Vilade spent 12 years as an NCAA baseball coach, serving as head coach for 11 of those seasons. While at the University of Dallas and The University of Texas-Tyler, Vilade compiled a career record of 348-117. His .748 career winning percentage makes him the 18th-winningest coach in the history of NCAA baseball and the second-winningest coach in the history of NCAA baseball in Texas, trailing only Cliff Gustafson, the former University of Texas coach. In 2007, Vilade coached the UT-Tyler team to a 37-1 record. The team is featured in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Vilade played baseball for and is a graduate of Baylor University.

The RoughRiders’ award-winning athletic support staff will also return for the 2015 season.

Olivas is back for his fifth season as Frisco’s athletic trainer and his seventh year with the Rangers organization. He was named the Texas League’s Athletic Trainer of the Year for both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. McMahon will once again be the team’s strength and conditioning coach, his fifth with Frisco and seventh in the Texas organization. He was named the Texas League’s Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for 2014, the second time in three years he has been honored with the award.

The RoughRiders open the 2015 season on April 9 against the Arkansas Travelers.  For tickets to see the RoughRiders in 2015, please call (972) 731-9200, e-mail Info@RidersBaseball.com, or visit www.RidersBaseball.com.

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