What’s happening in Collin County?

By Brian Bearden

Name that star: Who had six touchdowns? Who had 484 yards? Who has yet to pick his college? Who has an awesome line? Plano West’s Soso Jamabo scores six touchdowns and rushed for 484 yards against Sachse … Allen’s Kyler Murray scored five TDs … Murray passed for 381 yards and ran for 183 yards against Dutch Fork, S.C. … McKinney Boyd’s Dedrick Scrivens topped the school record for yards rushing in a game with 371 yards vs. Coppell.

Looking for fun things to do this weekend: Start by hopping over to Collin County Animal Services to adopt a pet this weekend. The shelter is having a Birthday “Pawty.”

Farmersville will honor First Responders with Public Safety Sunday at First United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. … Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano is having a successful fish fry during “Fish Tales.” …

Coffee: Mark your calendar for coffee with Mayor Maher Maso at Frisco City Hall on the fifth floor … 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday.

The Plano Bridal Show at the Plano Centre is a busy place thanks to  Bridal Shows Inc. Be there from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Brides can speak with more than 110 wedding businesses to help plan the perfect wedding. As you know, Plano Centre is making changes under new general manager Mark Jarrell.

Arts: The Frisco Association for the Arts is offering Sculptechular at Frisco Discovery Center at 8004 North Dallas Parkway. http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/

Update: Congrats to Gregory Beck, Kyle Mitchell and Jason Mellard for taking first through third at Sculptechular on Sunday.

Dining: Try the Grilled Swordfish, Fava Bean Risotto, Sautéed Yellow Wax Beans, Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce at Jasper’s at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. … When at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, try the pan-seared red fish or the sea bass.

Ladies! The Frisco Chamber of Commerce WEB-Women Enhancing Business (Frisco) September Networking/Mixer sponsored by Functional Health Centers will be Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Chamber Event Room. What you get: Free chair massages, door prizes, networking with successful like-minded women, and connecting with new clients and service providers. … Sci-Tech will have football starting Sept. 12 in Frisco. …

Speaking of football players Scott Turner contributes this quote of the week from Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Ringo’s Pub in Plano popped out the chicken-fried bacon for football watching this weekend.

Roads: Ann Lieber sounds off – “The Regional Transportation Council proposing 28 million spent on bike lanes in the region all while the Metroplex is being choked with gridlock and officials telling you toll taxes are the only way out of congestion and funding problems. Please attend a transportation meeting at Monday, September 8th @ 6:30pm, Pharr Library in Plano, Texas, to make your voice heard!” Location: 6200 Windhaven at Communications in West Plano.

Free concert: The Eric Gales Band and Andy Timmons will be playing at the Guitar Sanctuary at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in McKinney. The Guitar Sanctuary will be offering 10 tables with seating for four (4) for purchase at $80 per table. See the staff in the store at Adriatica to purchase a table at 6633 Virginia Parkway. The concert will be presented by Two-Rock Guitar Amplification, Xotic/EMS guitar Effects, and The Guitar Sanctuary. … David Grissom, The Maylee Thomas Band and Paul Reed Smith will play there Friday, Sept. 19.

Frisco RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders‘ baseball season came to end with a hard-fought loss to the Midland RockHounds.

Sci-Tech will have football starting Sept. 12 in Frisco. … Greg Abbott has football friendly shirts ready for Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and more fans.

Shopping: The cardigans are in at Cotton Hearts on the McKinney downtown square. Pick from berry, grey, mocha, black and brown.

Spa: Book two or more services per person at Cooper Spa McKinney at Craig Ranch and you will receive a guest pass to the fitness center in McKinney.

Successful start: The Junior League of Collin County kicked off the fall with its mentoring program.

Bowling: Allen Bowl reports they have several leagues in need of individual bowlers to fill teams. Call 972-727-9108.

Dinosaurs Live! will be returning to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Nature Sanctuary.

Hockey: The 2014-15 Allen Americans are offering a deal for groups of 15-plus, which could receive discounted tickets and can add unique group experiences that make for a night to remember. As an added bonus, book your group by Sept. 19 and you’ll receive free tickets to our Opening Night game vs Tulsa.

Top Golf Allen will be giving away a new Blu-ray DVD player, Bacardi golf bags, Topgolf swag, Callaway golf equipment and a grill. Sign up for Top Golf’s last tournament of the season, the TGC Challenge, on Sunday Sept. 21st at 10 a.m. Registration $40 per person at http://www.topgolf.com/tgc

Jobs: Bonnie Ruth’s Bistro at Watters Creek is hiring staff members in Allen. If you are hungry, ask for Bonnie Ruth’s oven-roasted take-out special on Tuesday. … Fireball Run is looking for a Production Assistant in Frisco. Fireball Run wants someone such as a student with some ENG experience. Candidate will travel with the production beginning Sept 25th in Frisco and finishing Oct. 5 in Independence, Mo. All travel, accommodations and meal expenses paid. Applicants should submit resume and link to demo reel via email to FBRjobs@gmail.com

Movies: Scarface will be playing at Cinemark Frisco Square during the Classic Series at 2 p.m. Sunday. 


Music: Tickets are on sale for October’s Courtyard Texas Music Series show featuring Zane Williams at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Courtyard Theater in Plano. Visit http://bit.ly/1CxSZK6. … Because of the threat of inclement weather, the concert in Allen on Saturday by the Rob Holbert Band has been canceled. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date. Watters Creek is always a fun place for a Saturday evening stroll.

Politics: Ken and Angela Paxton wrote a piece entitled “A Family for Educational Choice” for RedState.com http://www.redstate.com/diary/ameliahamilton/2014/09/02/ken-angela-paxton-family-educational-choice/?preview=true

Rain: Pete Delkus predicts rain today.

Balloons: The Celina Balloon Fest is next weekend. Look for balloons to lift off Sept. 12-14 at Old Celina Park, 12670 Farm-to-Market Road 428. http://www.celinaballoonfestival.com/ … Then, the Plano Balloon Festival will be Sept. 19-21 at Oak Point Park at 2801 East Spring Creek Parkway. http://www.planoballoonfest.org/

Quote:I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. ” — Walt Disney

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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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