Allen rallies from 15 down to beat DeSoto, reach state final

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It takes dominating performances to go 15-0 and advance to the Class 5A Division I state championship game.

But every now and then, favorable bounces help as well.

No. 1-ranked Allen received a few helpers Saturday to take down No. 2 DeSoto 42-35 in a state semifinal at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

Quarterback Kyler Murray scored on a 24-yard run with 11 seconds left to break a tie and send Allen to its second straight state final.

Allen will play Pearland, a 38-34 winner over San Antonio Madison, in the 5A Division I title game at 4 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

“You’ve got to have some breaks in there,” Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. “We got the breaks and sometimes you make your own breaks. It was just lucky.”

With the game tied at 35, Allen was forced to punt deep in its territory. The kick fell short of the 50 but off the helmet of an unsuspecting DeSoto player.

Running back Will Rossy recovered to give Allen new life with 1:20 left in the game, setting up Murray’s game-winning run.

Another bounce went Allen’s way earlier. Allen trailed 35-27 with six minutes left when Murray hit Rossy on a route that took him to the DeSoto 3-yard line. The ball was fumbled, but it landed right in the arms of wide receiver Josh Pettijohn, who covered the final 3 yards for a score.

On the 2-point conversion, Murray passed to wide-open wide receiver Jalen Guyton, tying the game at 35.

Allen held a 10-7 lead over DeSoto (14-1) and all the momentum early in the second quarter when a 39-yard pass set up Allen on the DeSoto 1.

But Allen’s snap in the wildcat formation sailed high and was recovered by DeSoto on its 29.

It led to a nine-play, 71-yard drive and a 14-10 DeSoto lead, and the momentum went DeSoto’s way behind quarterback and TCU commitment Desmon White.

White scored four touchdowns, two in the second quarter and two after halftime as DeSoto took a 35-20 lead in the fourth quarter.

Murray, however, hit Guyton on a post route, which he turned into a 68-yard scoring play.

Murray finished the game with 228 yards passing and three touchdowns.

White finished with 190 yards rushing and 136 passing and one touchdown for DeSoto.

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