Allen Staves Off Early Pressure From Coppell, 42-20

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By: Warren Schorr
September 9th, 2016


After their opening two games against out of state opponents, the Allen Eagles finally played a team that has the same license plates as them. For three quarters they were challenged, but the result stayed the same; the Allen Eagles defeated the Coppell Cowboys 42-20.

After a Coppell drive ended with a field goal making it 14-13 with 57 seconds left in the first half, it looked like Allen would take their smallest lead into the break all season. But a 55-yard drive that took 40 seconds ended with a eight yard touchdown catch. Senior Josh Cornell just got one foot down before he stepped out of bounds to put the Eagles up 21-13 before intermission.

It was a back and forth first half, with the Cowboys and Eagles trading the lead in the first quarter Allen (3-0) struck first on a Tevy Stevenson 10-yard run but Coppell answered back with 10 unanswered points to take a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Allen’s offense got rolling on a fake punt, a 55-yard run by junior Brock Sturges that set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Kirby Bennett three plays later and that would be the last time the Eagles would play from behind on the warm Texas night.

Coppell (2-1) made it interesting again in the 3rd quarter, opening the scoring on a junior Gabe Lemons 49-yard touchdown pass from junior Brady McBride that made it 21-20. Allen then stepped their foot on the gas pedal and scored 21 unanswered points.

The Eagles offense, lead by senior quarterback Mitchell Jonke- 234 yards passing with two touchdowns and added another touchdown on the ground- put up 480 yards of offense in a balances attack, 246 on the ground and 234 in the air.

The last time the Eagles paid a visit to Cowboy Stadium in Coppell, they lost. That was the last time they have lost in the regular season. They avenged that loss on Friday night.


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