Allen converted a pair of lost fumbles by Plano West less than a minute apart in the first quarter into touchdowns as the top-ranked Eagles rolled to a 63-7 victory in Thursday’s District 9-6A regular-season finale for both teams at Eagle Stadium.
It was the sixth consecutive undefeated regular season for Allen (10-0) which increased its regular-season winning streak to 65 games in a row.
Allen generated four turnovers on the night despite recording one less first down to Plano West (0-10) – Wolves had 21 first downs to the Eagles’ 20 – including an interception in the end zone by Roy Sheckles in the end zone on the final play in the first half.
Allen took control early.
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On the fifth play of the game’s initial series for Plano West, Allen’s Jaden Healy fell on top of a lost fumble by Wolves quarterback Will Cannon. Two plays later, Eagles quarterback Grant Tisdale found Bryson Green wide open in the back of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 Allen lead.
The mistakes didn’t end there for Plano West.
After Allen’s Saivon Gordon pounced on a muffed kickoff return on the ensuing play, at the West 2-yard line, a rushing touchdown one play later by Grant Robinson, his first of two scores in the first quarter, put the Eagles on top 14-0.
Allen’s good play on special teams carried over in the second quarter.
Mo Perkins blocked a 27-yard field goal on the third play to ignite a 21-point scoring frenzy for the Eagles who led 42-0 at halftime.
Allen backup quarterback Raylen Sharpe accounted for all three touchdowns in the second quarter with runs of 7 yards and 11 runs and a 75-yard catch and run touchdown to Ja’Juan Mason and added his fourth TD of the game on a 19-yard burst in the third quarter.
Sharpe completed 7-of-10 passes for 150 yards and also rushed for 82 yards on eight carries.
Noah Scroggins was a bright spot for Plano West as he led all rushers with 163 yards on 21 carries, including a 70-yard run with 44 seconds in the fourth quarter, effectively ending Allen’s bid for a shutout.
Offensive player of the game: Sharpe was sharp in relief of Tisdale as he accounted for all three Allen touchdowns in the second quarter before adding a 19-yard burst with 1:16 remaining in the third quarter to give the Eagles a commanding 49-0 lead.
Defensive player of the game: Jaden Healy’s recovery of a fumble by Plano West quarterback Will Cannon at the Wolves 34-yard line on the game’s initial series set the tone for a big first half for Allen.
Unsung hero of the game: Allen place kickers Blake Simpson and Alex Brown combined to go a perfect 9-of-9 on extra-point attempts.
It was over when: Perkins blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt by Plano West place kicker Jack Swearingen early in the second quarter, keeping Allen’s 21-0 lead intact.
What’s next? Allen will host the loser of tonight’s game between Rowlett and Sachse in the Bi-District round of the UIL Class 6A (Division 1) playoffs Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. Plano West concluded its season Thursday.