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.
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
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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