Allen Hosts Coppell In Early Season Showdown Of DFW Contenders

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The Coppell Cowboys and Allen Eagles enter Friday’s showdown at Allen’s Eagle Stadium with a lot of strong recent history against each other. The Cowboys were the last team to hand the Eagles a regular season loss all the way back in 2014. Since that game, Allen haas strung together 46 regular season wins in a row.

After a couple dominating performances over Cedar Hill and Evangel Christian (LA), the Eagles have the look of a championship team. The defense has allowed a combined 15 points in their first two games. The Eagles will have to look out for Cowboys junior running back Ryan Hirt (207 yards, 2 TD) and senior wide receiver Blake Jackson. In Coppell’s week two win over McKinney Boyd, Jackson had 109 yards receiving. Junior defensive back Jonathan McGill will help lead the charge in the secondary for the Cowboys and will see time as a receiver for quarterback Brady McBride, who has looked sharp in his first two games of the season (412 yards passing, 7 TD).

Allen running back Brock Sturges powers the Eagles offense on the ground. Last week against Evangel Christian, the Arizona State commit had 14 carries for 174 yards and three touchdowns along with 34 receiving yards. Junior quarterback Grant Tisdale now steps in replacing now-Brown University quarterback Mitchell Jonke. Tisdale has helped lead Allen to two wins so far, but he’ll be looking for a better performance on Friday night after putting up 77 passing yards on 7-of-15 passing.

In previous years, Coppell has played the first half close with Allen eventually pulling away in the second half. Could it find itself in a similar situation this year? They certainly could. I have a feeling that is going to happen this year but instead of one half of close football, Coppell can extend the game into the fourth quarter if they can contain Sturges.

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