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Fumble recoveries, blocked punts, stingy run D set tone for No. 1 Allen in 39-20 rout of Cedar Hill
ALLEN — Cedar Hill was never that far from the lead throughout its 39-20 loss to top-ranked Allen on Friday night.
But Cedar Hill was never that close, either. A pair of fumbles, two blocked punts and Allen’s stingy defense made sure of that.
Allen (2-0) limited Cedar Hill to 1.8 yards per carry on 43 attempts.
“We came out a little slow at the beginning, but we woke up and made plays,” said Allen linebacker Tay Evans, who had a sack and a fumble recovery. “We just wanted to attack, attack, attack and that’s what we did.”
Cedar Hill took two steps back with each one forward during a tumultuous first half.
Things started well with quarterback Justin McMillan hitting Damarkus Lodge for a 36-yard touchdown. Cedar Hill drove 86 yards in six plays and tallied four first downs on its opening series.
But Cedar Hill (1-1) failed to record another first down in the half. It lost 12 total yards during its next seven possessions and finished the first half with 74 yards of total offense.
Allen cornerback Mayomi Olootu blocked two punts in the first quarter, and the first was returned 10 yards for a touchdown by senior linebacker Ryan Johnson.
The first of Cedar Hill’s two lost fumbles came on first down of its third series. Allen scored four plays later with one of Carlos Arochi’s three field goals.
The talented Allen defense recorded four sacks in the first half, including one each by Evans, who is committed to Oklahoma, and Arizona State pledge Christian Sam.
“We got a couple scores up and just managed to stay there,” Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. “The defense played outstanding tonight.”
Allen, which is on a 13-game winning streak that dates back nearly a full calendar year, has now beaten two ranked teams to open its state title defense.
Allen quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 142 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 85 yards and another score.
Cedar Hill’s Lodge finished with 120 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
“Tonight was huge for our guys,” Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said. “Our young guys needed to play in a game like this, in an atmosphere like this, against a team like that.”
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