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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