Opposing defenses trying to key on an “Allen” when they play Richwood this season will get a good dose of double vision as the team will rely on senior quarterback David Allen and junior running back Teddy Allen to carry the bulk of the load in the Rams’ new pistol offense.
The players are not related despite the common last name, but the two have grown so close this summer that the team calls them “big cousin” (David) and “little cousin” (Teddy). And the two work even closer together on the field.
“We are just trying to get as comfortable out there together as possible,” David said. “I have been able to give him a couple pointers here and there about reading the line and seeing the hole. It has been great so far.”
Teddy got some carries as a sophomore, but with seniors Ty Frazier and Michael Tankchell ahead of him, he had to wait his turn in the spotlight.
“He has been waiting for his opportunity,” Richwood coach Robert Arvie said. “David has been our leader all summer in the weight room. He is dependable and a very hard worker. We think Teddy can be a leader for us too, it is just now where we are trying to get Teddy up to that level (like David).”
As far as his quarterback is concerned, Teddy is ready to tackle the new challenge as the starter in the backfield.
“He is more than ready,” David said. “He does everything asked of him.”
David, now the veteran quarterback going into his third year as the varsity quarterback, has also embraced his own amount of added responsibility.
“It has been great,” David said. “We have young guys out there that I am encouraging and making sure everybody is doing what they need to do.”
The duo will be joined by junior fullback DeQuaris Hollis to form a stout rushing attack that will look to improve on the 1,467 yards accumulated last season.
“I think the pistol offense gives us more of a power running attack,” Teddy said. “I think we will have a nice year.”
Richwood elected to stay idle this week during the permitted time for teams to scrimmage. The Rams will host Caldwell in their jamboree Aug. 29.
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