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No. 1 Allen overcomes mistakes to ease past McKinney Boyd, 49-26
ALLEN — For a stretch in Allen’s game against McKinney Boyd on Friday night, the state’s No. 1-ranked Class 5A team looked beatable. Or at least capable of beating itself.
A few Allen mistakes allowed Boyd to cut Allen’s lead to one score twice, but it wasn’t enough, as Allen recovered for a 49-26 win in District 10-5A.
“We didn’t quite play as well as we have,” Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. “We’ve just got to correct the mistakes. It’s a tough deal. … I’m just happy we won.”
In the second quarter, Allen (8-0, 3-0) gave up a long punt return, then had defensive holding penalties on fourth-and-5 and third-and-15 to keep alive a Boyd drive that ended in a touchdown. The score cut Allen’s lead to 14-7.
Allen scored a touchdown before the half and another on its first possession of the third quarter. But Boyd (4-4, 2-1) kept it close thanks to a 94-touchdown pass from Curtis Ladd to Mahlieke Boseman. A personal foul penalty on the extra point allowed Boyd to kick off from the Allen 45. It opted for an onside kick and recovered.
On the ensuing drive, another Allen penalty on a third-down pass kept Boyd’s offense alive, and it capitalized with a touchdown to cut Allen’s lead to eight, 28-20.
But Allen quarterback Kyler Murray hit Kendall Clinton with a long pass down the middle for a 55-yard gain on the next drive, then punched it in from a yard for his second rushing touchdown of the night. Murray also threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns.
“The first read wasn’t there and then you just got to make a play,” Murray said of the pass. “Kendall just happened to be open.”
Boyd’s hopes were eliminated in the fourth when Allen linebacker Christian Sam intercepted a pass and took it 40 yards for a touchdown.