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QB Kyler Murray returns for Allen, accounts for 2 TDs on first two plays as Eagles roll past Plano, 42-13
PLANO — Kyler Murray threw a 75-yard touchdown pass on Allen’s first play and had a 22-yard touchdown run on the second. It wasn’t all quite so easy, but the defending Class 5A Division I state champs defeated Plano, 42-13, on Friday night to earn an eighth consecutive district title heading into the playoffs.
Murray, who missed last week with a bruised foot, returned with a flourish against a rugged Plano defense. One of the nation’s top college recruits for the Class of 2015, Murray passed for 194 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another.
“There was a lot of adrenaline coming out and warming up,” Murray said. “It’s not fun to miss a week. I was ready to go. We knew Plano would be good. We weren’t trying for big plays. We ran the plays we called and they came open.”
Allen almost had three touchdowns in its first three plays, but a dropped pass in the end zone prevented a 36-yard touchdown. Plano had a second-quarter spurt to pull within 21-13, but Allen rolled through the other three quarters as Jaelen Barlow added three rushing touchdowns on 113 yards.
Allen (10-0, 5-0 in District 10-5A) will play Lake Highlands at Richardson’s Wildcat-Ram Stadium next Friday in the first round. Plano (7-3, 3-2) will play Skyline on Friday in Grand Prairie.
Allen picked up its 26th consecutive victory over a Plano ISD school dating to 2005, when Plano won the district title.
“They are the team to beat; there is a gap we need to catch up with,” Plano coach Jaydon McCullough said. “But they’re 10-0 for a reason and won their last 21 now. Give credit to Allen, but don’t take away from us. We’ve had a good season. We’re disappointed now. But we’ll come back and be ready for the playoffs.”
Plano got a 62-yard scoring run from Josh Johnson to gain some life in the second quarter. Trailing 21-7, Plano scored on a 4-yard run by quarterback Brooks Panhans with 45 seconds left in the half but lost some momentum with a blocked extra point. Plano struggled in both halves with five turnovers, three lost fumbles and two interceptions.
Allen took a 28-13 lead on its first drive of the second half on a 24-yard run by Barlow to cap a 10-play, 62-yard drive.
“We scored on some big plays but we never got into a rhythm,” Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. “Plano’s a tough team. They battled back. We had to make some corrections at halftime, get a little refocused. [Winning] district championships mean something to us. Going 10-0 in North Texas is hard to do. But now we’re back to 0-0.”