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Pre-game power outage can't stop Allen from surging past Plano East, 62-17
Murray passes for three TDs in season-high scoring effort for team
ALLEN — With just over an hour until kickoff at Eagle Stadium, the power went out, leaving thousands of fans waiting outside glass doors, and handful of people — including three Plano East assistant coaches — stuck in an elevator.
By 7:30 p.m., the lights were back, the seats were filled, fire-and-rescue teams had pulled the stranded from the elevator shaft and the game began on schedule.
And the Allen offense provided all the electricity needed to power a 62-17 blowout victory against Plano East.
Allen quarterback Kyler Murray passed for 276 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Jaelen Barlow rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries. Sixty-two points is a season-high for Allen.
Allen (6-0, 1-0 District 10-5A) built a 24-0 lead after the first quarter, thanks to a touchdown catch by wide receiver Kendall Clinton, rushing scores from Barlow and Tay Evans, and a field goal.
Plano East (4-2, 0-1) had only 9 yards of total offense after the first 12 minutes. Allen added two more quick touchdowns in the second quarter. Murray hit wide receiver Josh Pettijohn on a 50-yard strike to the end zone, and Murray walked in for a 3-yard rushing touchdown. With 4:51 left in the half, Allen led 38-0.
“The kids were ready to play,” Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. “Our coaches are doing an awesome job getting them ready. … It’s always fun to get off to a fast start.”
Plano East did its best to cut into the deficit before the break.
Quarterback Miles Thompson, who started his first game since sitting out Sept. 27 against Venice (Fla.) with an injury, led East on a 79-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anthony Maioriello. But Allen didn’t blink, rolling off two more touchdowns in the first two minutes of the second half.
While the 62 points provided the flash in a dominant win, Allen’s defense really showed its prowess. Plano East totaled negative 14 rushing yards and had nearly as much punt yardage (226) as total offense (256).
“It’s the sixth huge defensive effort,” Westerberg said. “They have played good all year long and are continuing to play that way.
Allen wide receiver Grant Finney also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Police said a vehicle accident at the intersection of Stacy Road and Service Road knocked out a transformer, which led to the power outage at the stadium.
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