Allen blasts Pearland for 16-0 state title season

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Can a perfect high school football game be played?

Allen certainly strived for perfection in a 63-28 rout of Pearland in the Class 5A Division I state championship game Saturday at AT&T Stadium.

On at least one level, the Eagles achieved their goal.

Allen completed the first 16-0 state championship season in school history, thanks to the arm and legs of junior quarterback Kyler Murray.

Murray finished as the offensive MVP of the game, racking up 280 yards passing with four touchdowns to go along with a team-high 188 yards rushing and a score on the ground.

“We made history tonight and nobody can take that away from us,” Murray said. “Nobody in Allen has gone 16-0. Game was perfect.”

Saturday’s victory marks the third state championship in the program’s history, the second in as many years.

Allen won state in 2012, but by a 35-21 margin to Houston Lamar.

The difference in Saturday’s game was Allen’s ability to jump out to a hot start in the first half over Pearland (14-2).

The Eagles put together a string of four straight touchdowns, spanning from the end of the first quarter to the final minute of second quarter.

Senior Chad Adams sparked the run with an 83-yard kickoff return, which tied the score at 14 at the end of the first quarter.

Through that run and another string of four touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters, Murray was successful finding senior wide receiver Cole Carter and junior wideout Jalen Guyton for multiple passing scores.

Guyton led Allen with 125 yards receiving on four catches with two touchdowns, followed closely by Carter with 111 yards and two touchdowns of his own.

For both receivers and Murray, the success was the culmination of the hard work put in from the beginning of two-a-days.

“I think it just proved the work we put in in the summer and in the fall in 100-degree weather,” Carter said. “We knew we had to get better than last year, which was 15-1. And the only way to get better is 16-0.”

While Carter, defensive MVP Christian Sam and many other seniors move on, Guyton and Murray are among many who will return to make the drive for three straight titles.

“The connection they have, it’s great,” Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. “To have friends like that and to have them back for another year, that’s great.”

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