Written by Michael Florek
QB Kyler Murray rushes for 3 TDs as Allen dominates McKinney Boyd, clinches playoff spot
McKINNEY — When sophomore Kyler Murray took over Allen’s quarterback position full time a few weeks ago from senior Oliver Pierce, it was because he had the better arm, not the better legs.
But Friday night at Ron Poe Stadium, Murray showed those legs weren’t too far behind Pierce, who played running back and returned kicks. Murray led the team in rushing with 147 yards and three touchdowns in Allen’s 34-7 win over McKinney Boyd. The win clinches Allen (7-1, 3-0 District 10-5A) a playoff spot.
“That’s always the first thing you want to do,” Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. “The kids did an awesome job of doing that. … We clinched that first thing but now also want a district championship and also want to be the top seed in our division.”
Murray also went 21-of-27 passing for 207 yards.
On Allen’s first drive, Murray faked a handoff and burst up the middle for a 28-yard touchdown. Just before halftime, Murray ran to the right and down the sideline, then zigzagged his way back across the field for a 65-yard touchdown to put the Eagles up by three scores.
Allen, No. 3 in SportsDay’s area 5A rankings, led 27-0 at halftime and coasted from there. At the break, Murray was 14-of-18 passing for 152 yards and rushed 10 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
“He’s gotten a little bit more confident every week and just getting better and better,” Westerberg said. “As a sophomore you do that, you progress as the year goes on, and I think that’s where he is right now.”
On the other side of the field, Allen’s defense dominated throughout. McKinney Boyd (5-3, 2-1) didn’t take an offensive snap in Allen territory until the third quarter, when it recovered a fumble on a kick return, but fumbled the ball away two plays later. McKinney Boyd’s only touchdown came with 1:22 left in the game.
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