A year ago, Allen and Arlington Martin combined for a 123 points in a Texas state playoff matchup.
The scoring was much less this time, but the victor was the same.
No. 5 Allen continued its quest for a fourth consecutive state title with a 36-11 victory Friday at AT&T Stadium. The Eagles have won 56 consecutive games and move to the fourth round of the playoffs. The game was voted the Super 25 Game of the Week by readers of USA TODAY High School Sports.
Allen’s defense held Martin (10-3) to 53 yards in the first half and held Nick Smith, who ran for 266 yards in last year’s meeting, to three yards before halftime. In all, Allen allowed 146 yards to a team on a nine-game winning streak that had averaged 50 points a game thus far.
Allen, which continues to rotate its quarterbacks, got two passing touchdown and one rushing from Mitchell Jonke, who finished with 139 passing yards.
The first 18 points of the game — 15 for Allen and three for Martin — came on special teams or defense. Allen got two field goals from Connor Limpert and an 87-yard return from Jaylon Jones and a safety.
With Allen leading 15-3, Jonke scored on a 12-yard run to take a 22-3 lead with 3:32 left in the third quarter.
Allen extended its lead to 29-3 midway through the fourth quarter on a 38-yard TD pass from Jonke to Camden Harrison.
Martin scored on a 50-yard double pass and converted the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 29-11 with 6:23 left in the game. Martin then recovered the onside kick in hopes of continuing the comeback bid but turned the ball over on downs after a fake on a field goal from the Allen 32-yard line.
With just more than two minutes remaining, Allen then put the game away on a TD pass from Jonke to Kirby Bennett, his second TD reception of the year.
That Martin beat Allen in a scrimmage in August wasn’t lost, either.
Allen will again be back in AT&T Stadium on Saturday and face the winner of Denton Ryan and Amarillo Tascosa. That game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, although could be delayed or moved later by weather.