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Randy Allen comes out of retirement, returns to coach Highland Park in 2018

Great Scot! The Highland Park Scots do it again

The Scots, led by QB John Stephen Jones' 564 passing yards -- a title game record -- rallied to beat Manvel 53-49 and claim a second consecutive Class 5A Division I title.
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The Scots, led by QB John Stephen Jones' 564 passing yards -- a title game record -- rallied to beat Manvel 53-49 and claim a second consecutive Class 5A Division I title.

It might have been the shortest retirement in sports, but Highland Park is certainly OK with that.

Legendary coach Randy Allen is coming back for 2018.

Allen, who announced his retirement after 44 years on March 21, is coming back to coach the Scots in the fall.

A tweet from Highland Park ISD on Tuesday read: "Coach Randy Allen to return to Scots sideline! After reconsidering his announcement to retire, legendary Head Football Coach Randy Allen will be back on the sideline for his 20th year of coaching the Scots next season."

In 37 years as a head coach, Allen has won 376 games, the fourth-most in state history. Allen was No. 3 on a list of the state's highest paid football coaches at $133,875.

The 68-year-old has won three UIL state titles in his 19-year tenure with Highland Park, including the past two years. The Scots rallied to beat Manvel with under a minute left in an all-time classic this past December.

Both state titles came with John Stephen Jones, the grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, as quarterback. Jones signed with Arkansas last month.

Allen also led Highland Park to a state title in 2005. He's won 226 games with the Scots.

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