No. 7 Allen (Texas) uses rushing attack to move to fifth straight state semifinals

No. 7 Allen (Texas) uses rushing attack to move to fifth straight state semifinals

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No. 7 Allen (Texas) uses rushing attack to move to fifth straight state semifinals

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Photo: Rick Castillo, TexasHSFootball.com)

Photo: Rick Castillo, TexasHSFootball.com)

No. 7 Allen (Texas) scored five second-half touchdowns to break open a 14-14 halftime and down Duncanville, 42-23 in a Texas 6A Division I quarterfinal Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Two of those scores came on long runs by Brock Sturges, who scored form 41 and 42 yards, respectively to give Allen a 35-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Sturges finished with nearly 350 yards rushing and averaged more than 9 yards per carry. Sturges finished with 130 yards on 13 carries. Kirby Bennett ran for two first-half scores and finished with 136 yards on 13 carries.

Allen (14-0) advances to the state semifinals for the fifth consecutive season; the Eagles won three consecutive state titles from 2012 to ’14. Duncanville finished 11-3.

“Every week our coaching staff has a game plan, and our kids believe in it. So a lot of credit goes to our coaching staff first and foremost because they work hard at game planning and what will work,” said Allen head coach Terry Gambill.

“Our kids trust and believe in what we do so it’s a team deal. It’s not one quarter, not two, it’s a team deal and we just go out and execute. It’s one play at a time. You don’t panic and it’s just living in the moment.”

The Eagles took their first lead of the game  — 21-14 with 10:14 left in the third quarter — on a 34-yard pass to Josh Cornell from Mitchell Jonke. Josh Delgado kicked a 41-yard field goal for Duncanville with 4:04 left to cut the lead to 21-17, but Sturges then ran for his two scores to seemingly put the game out of reach.

Allen would shut the door on Duncanville following a fumble recovery that led to a Jonke touchdown run, and tack on an interception on Duncanville’s ensuing drive.

Jonke finished with 87 yards passing on 9-for-15 and one passing TD. He came out of the game in the second quarter and backup Grant Tisdale led Allen to a score, but Jonke was reinserted and finished.

Tre Sigger had 101 yards rushing with a touchdown. Trazon Connley threw for 224 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Allen faces The Woodlands on Saturday in Austin. The Woodlands (14-0) advanced with a 41-18 victory against Round Rock on Saturday.

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