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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Allen, PCA move to next round; Plano, Anna exit stage in Texas High School Football Playoffs

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


Allen 59, Keller Central 21. Allen (11-0) led, 31-7, at halftime at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. QB Kyler Murray passed for four touchdowns and 275 yards on 11 completions in the first half. Murray (16-25-0) finished with six touchdowns and 404 yards passing for the evening. … Jalen Guyton (4-177 yards) scored on a 66-yard pass with 9:51 remaining in the first quarter and on a 25-yarder as the first quarter ended. … Murray also found Lee Morris open for a pair of first-half touchdowns, scoing on a 40-yard strike midway through the first quarter and a 23-yard reception with 3:56 left in the second quarter. Morris had five catches for 93 yards. Guyton struck again for his third touchdown on a 60-yard TD pass with 9:47 left in the third quarter. … Kicker Sawyer Williams nailed a 35-yard field goal with 2:14 to go in the opening quarter. … David Feliciano (8-75 yards) scored on a 47-yard run with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter. … Murray fired to Jaylen Sharpe (3-76 yards) for a 37-yard touchdown pass with 2:22 to go in the third. … Cody Butler caught three passes for 65 yards. … Trent Clark (2-7 yards) popped in from the Central 1-yard line to close out Central (6-5). … Jake McClurg found a way to pass for 273 yards and three touchdowns against Allen, which intercepted him twice. Nick Rischer caught five of McClurg’s passes for 156 yards and scored on TD passes from 76, 65 and 4 yards. Next – Area round: Allen (11-0) plays DeSoto (10-1) in the Area Round at A&T Stadium at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Prestonwood Christian 51, San Antonio Christian 7. PCA quarterback Ryan Cash (34-45-0) passed for five touchdowns and 425 yards. … Jonathan Heasley caught 14 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. Heasley scored on a 4-yarder with seven seconds left in the first half as PCA carried a 31-7 margin into halftime. In the third quarter, Cash hit Heasley for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Heasley scored his third TD of the game with 8:13 showing in the fourth quarter on a 14-yarder. … Michael Irvin pulled in seven receptions for 45 yards and a 4-yard touchdown with 7:13 remaining in the second quarter for PCA (8-3). … Twayne Blackwell had four catches for 53 yards. … Eric Stevenson ran 12 times for 82 yards and a 1-yard TD early in the first quarter. Cash completed a 12-yard toss to Stevenson for a touchdown with 12 seconds left in the third quarter. … Collin Whitaker added 61 yards on four carries. … Grey Cunningham picked up 5.6 yards on five carries. … DeOnte Williams averaged 5.0 yards and scored a 3-yard TD in the opening quarter. … Kicker Luke Wendl made a 28-yard field goal early in the second quarter. … San Antonio’s Andrew Hawkins (25-48-1) passed for 267 and a 14-yard TD to Sam Lorillard. Next – Area round: PCA (8-3) will play TCA on Friday at Pennington Field in Bedford.

Denton Guyer 59, Plano 28. Guyer’s Anthony Taylor scored four touchdowns rushing and Shawn Robinson (10-18-0, 240 yards) passed for three. Guyer (10-1) led, 35-7, at halftime, then added 21 more in the third quarter. Taylor (11-87 yards rushing) scored from the Plano 1, 20, 1 and 37. Robinson opened the scoring with a 71-yard run for a touchdown. He found Taylor for a 25-yard TD, David Haynes on an 8-yarder and Alex Honey for a 76-yard TD. … Adam Scott ked Guyer with four catches for 79 yards. … Plano finished the season at 7-4. … Plano’s Brooks Panhans (6-20-0) passed for one touchdown and 97 yards. … Lopaka Yoro scored on an 11-yard run with 5:49 left in the fourth quarter. … Brandon Stephens ran for 76 yards and scored Plano’s first touchdown on a 20-yard run. … Panhans carried the ball 17 times, gaining 68 yards rushing. … Daejon Howard scored on a fumble return with 3:01 remaining from the Guyer 3-yard line. … Matt Kirchner caught three passes from Panhans for 53 yards and scored on a 23-yard pass in the third quarter. … Parker Meyers had a pair of catches for 35 yards and ran one time for 14 more. … Tomas Venegas caught one pass for nine yards.

Venus 27, Anna 20 at Pennington Field in Bedford. Anna’s Daunte Rose gained 6.0 yards per carry en route to 108 yards rushing. Rose, who scored on a 1-yard run, also had four catches for 10 yards. … QB Gage Scribner (12-32-0) threw for two touchdowns and 136 yards. Matthew Norrell scored Anna’s first TD on a 1-yard pass, but the momentum went to Venus on a failed two-point conversion attempt. … Anna’s Steven Lee gained 96 yards on three receptions and scored on a 48-yard pass from Scribner in the fourth quarter. … Venus’ Kalon Heim scored on a 17-yard run and gained 140 yards on 18 runs as Anna’s season ended at 3-8.


Plano West (9-2) vs. Euless Trinity (10-1)
5 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington

Allen (11-0) vs. DeSoto (10-1)
11 a.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington


McKinney Boyd (8-3) vs. Cedar Hill (9-2)
2 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium


McKinney North (9-2) vs. West Mesquite (9-2)
4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park – Dallas

Wylie (8-3) vs. Rockwall-Heath (9-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Coach John Clark Stadium in Plano


Frisco Heritage (9-2) vs. Terrell (8-3)
7 p.m. Friday at RISD’s Wildcat-Ram Stadium in Lake Highlands – Dallas

The Colony (8-3) vs. Mesquite Poteet (10-1)
1 p.m. Saturday in the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park – Dallas


Celina (9-2) vs. Monahans (7-4)
7 p.m. Friday at Brownwood


TCA-Addison at Prestonwood (8-3)
2 p.m. Saturday at Gopher Bowl in Grand Prairie

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No. 1 Allen brings home state football title again

By Brian Bearden, Collin County Magazine

The biggest crowd ever to watch a state high school football championship saw Allen’s Kyler Murray pass for four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 63-28 victory over Pearland in the Class 5A Division I championship at Arlington’s AT&T Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Saturday.
The victory – the team’s 27th in a row – gives No. 1-ranked Allen two consecutive state titles. The 63 points was the most scored by the winner in the state football final. The turnout for the game set a record too with 54,347 gathering to watch the two state finalists.
Murray, a second-year starter, passed (11 of 14) for 280 yards and ran for 188 and scored once himself
Opponents know that QB Murray is just a junior too. Allen’s poised QB ignited the fourth-quarter fireworks with a 37-yard scoring dash to round out the scoring.
THE EAGLES produced 670 yards on offense. Allen’s Jaelen Barlow (18 carries for 134 yards) rushed for two touchdowns. … Murray found Jalen Guyton (4 catches for 125 yards) and Cole Carter (5 for 111 yards) open for two touchdown passes.
KEY PLAY: Down by seven points, Allen’s Chad Adams ran back a kickoff by breaking free up the middle and then closed out the scoring burst up the sideline. A Pearland special teams player finally caught up with Adams near the end zone, where Adams stretched for the touchdown to tie the score at 14-14. Adams also scored a rushing touchdown.
ROAD TO THE TITLE – Last year Allen went 15-1. This season Allen posted a 16-0 mark, including a win over No. 2 DeSoto last week in the state semifinals. … Allen has three state championships in the last six seasons and won 3 of 3 appearances in the state final.
STATE FINAL TRIVIA: Which team scored 59 points and held the scoring mark until Allen broke it on Saturday.
TOUGH OPPONENT: Pearland made a big splash in its first state final three seasons back by upsetting No. 1 Euless Trinity, which went into the game as the defending champ. Pearland, which finishes at 14-2, was led in rushing with 88 yards on 18 attempts by Hayden Cole.
ALLEN’S DEFENSE intercepted Pearland quarterback Connor Heath (16 for 31, 110 yards) twice. Allen didn’t flinch when Pearland scored on the opening drive of the game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Allen is the first football team to score 60 points in a championship game in the top classification. Flower Mound Marcus beat Alief Hastings 59-20 in 1997.
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