Lamar loses state title game to Allen
ARLINGTON, Texas – Lamar built its playoff run on a suffocating defense but no matter how hard it tried, the defense couldn't keep its hands on Allen quarterback Kyler Murray, who led the Eagles to a 35-21 win over the Redskins in the 5A Division I championship game Saturday.
Murray ran for 110 yards and a pair of long touchdown runs to earn the game's offensive MVP award. More importantly, though, he brought the championship trophy to Allen.
Lamar jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when the snap to Allen's punter sailed over his head out of the back of the end zone.
Murray's touchdowns staked Allen to a 14-2 lead with his runs, but Lamar stayed close, closing the gap to 14-8 on a Darrell Colbert to Cory Mitchell 41-yard scoring strike. The Redskins missed the extra point, which turned out to be a recurring problem.
Allen pulled ahead 21-8 after a controversial fumble set the Eagles up deep in Redskin territory. With Lamar driving, Colbert completed a pass to Beau Wells, who was tackled on top of an Allen defensive back. The ball bounced free and the Eagles picked it up and ran it 40 yards to the Lamar 21. Cole Carter caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Murray to finish the drive.
Lamar would answer with a Colbert seven yard keeper to cap the scoring in the first half.
The Redskins came out of halftime playing with a purpose and drew first blood in the third quarter on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Wells. Lamar missed the extra point, and a chance to take the lead, leaving the score tied at 21.
Allen took 90 seconds to get the lead again, this time on a one yard run by Marcus Ward. Allen would never trail again.
The Redskins drove into Allen territory, but a 4th-and-15 pass bounced away from Cedric Lancaster, turning the ball over on downs.
Allen seized the momentum and built a two touchdown lead on the next play. Ward took a handoff and raced 67 yards for a touchdown to make it 35-21.
Lamar's last gasp ended when the Redskins turned the ball over on downs at the Allen 15 with less than a minute left.