Lamar loses state title game to Allen
ARLINGTON, Texas -- As Allen built a first half lead, Lamar was building a large amount of frustration over some strange plays and a fumble that many Redskins thought wasn't.
Wide receiver Beau Wells was ruled to have fumbled when he was tackled on top of an Allen defensive back. The Eagles returned the ball to the Redskins' 21 and Allen was able to punch it in to go up 21-8.
The sequence seemed to fire Lamar up and the Redskins scored the game's next 13 points to tie the game at 21 in the third quarter.
“They were really upset,” Lamar head coach Tom Nolen said. “It looked to me like (Wells) was down and the referee didn't call it, the referee didn't call it. So they were pretty upset because we were moving the ball and when we got it back they scored. We just would rather not have given them one.”
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The crowd of 48,379 that came to see the Lamar-Allen game came within a whisker of setting the record for largest crowd to watch a high school game in Texas. The record remains the 1979 playoff game between Plano and Port Neches-Groves that was played at Texas Stadium.
“It's the opportunity of a lifetime to play in this beautiful stadium and play in front of a crowd like this. It's phenomenal,” Lamar head coach Tom Nolen said. “We had a huge crowd from Houston come, too. On our side there was tons of people.”
Lamar quarterback Darrell Colbert left the championship in the game's final seconds after getting battered by a relentless Allen pass rush. Before the junior left, though, Colbert dazzled with 207 yards passing and two touchdowns to go with his 126 rushing yards and scoring run.
“Darrell makes plays, he's our offense,” head coach Tom Nolen said. “The more plays Darrell makes the better our offense is. He's a great runner, a great athlete, he loves to play football. Colleges are missing the boat by, nobody's recruiting him.”