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Secondary shines as Allen locks down Plano

Parker Primrose, Sports editor

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In a signature performance, the Allen High School football team defeated Plano High School by a score of 38-10. The win improves the Eagles’ record on the year to 6-0 with just four games remaining in the regular season.

Junior quarterback Grant Tisdale lit up the Plano Wildcat secondary, passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns at 22.8 yards per attempt. Tisdale’s deep ball was lethal, evidenced by his 80-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Theo Wease in the first quarter and his 90-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Carson Schleker in the second quarter. Wease was the lead receiver on the night, racking up 93 yards and one touchdown on two receptions.

“We caught them trying to blitz and we hit them,” senior wide receiver Carson Schleker said. “We’re just going to pick [the passing attack] up from here.”

The Eagles’ ground game controlled the pace of the game, with senior running back Brock Sturges rushing for 82 yards at 6.1 yards per carry. The offensive line paved the way for big plays all night, establishing clear holes in the run game and providing Tisdale time in the pocket as the Eagles gained 516 total yards.

“There was a lot of talk about Plano,” senior offensive guard Mason Grosser said. “We were just trying to keep a clear head and do what we do every night.”

Defensively, the Eagles shut down the Wildcat passing attack, allowing just 42 passing yards, no passing touchdowns and forcing one interception. Allen did give up 221 rushing yards at 6.5 yards per carry, but they only gave up one touchdown.

“We had a goal this week of less than 100 passing yards for their offense,” senior defensive back Colton Manning said. “We’re just going to keep grinding, keep working, and hopefully keep setting goals that we can accomplish.”

Allen’s special teams also had a major impact on the night, with senior kicker Brady Ellsworth making field goals of 20, 43 and 44-yards in addition to making three of his four extra point kicks. The punt return team also scored points on the night, as they forced a safety after a bad Plano snap.

“It’s all about the focus,” senior kicker Brady Ellsworth said. “It’s just me and the ball and watching it go through. I can’t hear the crowd, can’t hear anything.”

Next week the Eagles will take on Denton Guyer at C.H. Collins Stadium in Denton. Keep up with all the action by staying here on The Eagle Angle or by following our Twitter, @theeagleangle.

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