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ALLEN, Texas –– After their opening two games against out of state opponents, the No. 12 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 as Allen defeated Coppell, 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 an 8-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 Tevyn 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 and 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 trail.
Coppell (2-1) made it interesting again in the third quarter, opening the scoring on a junior Gabe Lemons 49-yard touchdown reception from junior Brady McBride that made it 21-20. Allen then stepped its foot on the gas pedal and scored 21 unanswered points, first on a 1-yard quarterback sneak from Mitchell Jonke to take a 28-20 advantage.
Allen stopped Coppell on downs and then forced a punt on Coppell’s next two possessions. Allen turned each into scores: a 5-yard touchdown pass to Theo Wease from Jonke and then a 12-yard TD run on the reverse by Stevenson.
The Eagles offense put up 480 yards — 246 on the ground and 234 in the air. Jonke had 234 yards passing with two touchdowns and his rushing touchdown.
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