Written by Matt Wixon
Spring football report: How good can Allen be this season? Depth team’s No. 1 concern
How the 2010 season ended: Allen won the District 8-5A title but had a tough draw in the playoffs with a second-round matchup against Euless Trinity. Trinity kicked a late field goal to win, 37-35, in front of 40,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium. Allen finished the season 10-2 and won its fifth straight district title.
Key returning starters: senior RB Jonathan Williams, who has orally committed to Missouri, rushed for 2,078 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. Senior QB Alec Morris passed for 2,533 yards and 22 touchdowns last year and he’ll have two experienced receivers returning: senior Andrew Rodriguez (47 catches last year) and junior Oliver Pierce (33). Six defensive starters return, and senior outside linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone could be the next Allen defensive star.
Biggest questions facing team: Allen lost some very talented players including WR Jonathon Lee (signed with Baylor), OL Brad McNulty (Missouri) and LB Melvin Spears (Iowa). But with 14 starters returning, Allen doesn’t have a lot of holes to fill. The Eagles do need to replace three starters in the secondary, however. Allen has been trying out young players there by playing intrasquad 7-on-7 games during the football athletic period.
Notable: Allen’s fans will need to squeeze into the current Eagle Stadium for one more year. The new Eagle Stadium, which will seat 18,000, will open for the 2012 season. … Allen has lost only one district game – to Hebron last year – since 2005.
He said it: “What we’re looking for is depth. That’s really what we utilize the spring for. It’s not for the starters.” – Coach Tom Westerberg
Spring game: May 18, 7 p.m., Eagle Stadium
Season opener: 8-27 vs. Cedar Hill
Full regular season schedule
Aug. 27: vs. Cedar Hill at 7:30 p.m. at SMU’s Ford Stadium
Sept. 2: vs. Justin Northwest at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium
Sept. 9: at Longview at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: vs. Plano at 7:30 p.m. at Plano’s Clark Stadium
Sept. 30: vs. Lewisville at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium
Oct. 7: vs. Plano East at 7:30 p.m. at Plano’s Kimbrough Stadium
Oct. 14: vs. Plano West at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium
Oct. 21: vs. Flower Mound Marcus at 7:30 p.m. at Flower Mound’s Marauder Stadium
Oct. 28: vs. Hebron at 7:30 p.m. at Hebron’s Hawk Stadium
Nov. 4: vs. Flower Mound at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium