Jeff Andrews with ESPN recapped the Allen Eagle game against Cedar Hill last Friday at at SMU’s ford Stadium. Here is the story:
UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas – Allen is the consensus No. 1 team in the state entering the 2011 season.
The Eagles, No. 1 in the ESPNDallas.com 5A area rankings, showed why against No. 8 Cedar Hill in the Tom Landry Classic on Saturday.
Allen made short work of an extremely athletic Longhorn team, jumping out to an early lead and coasting to a 28-13 win at SMU’s Ford Stadium.
Morris, who threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns, came out on fire in the first half. He guided the Eagles to three consecutive touchdown drives to open the game, putting Cedar Hill in a 21-7 halftime hole.
And the Eagles (1-0) looked dominant in the process, moving down the field with ease despite losing running back Jonathan Williams in the second quarter to injury.
Allen’s defense was equally impressive, giving Cedar Hill nothing to work with. Longhorn runners were stuffed at the line of scrimmage and receivers were blanketed.
“They played lights out tonight,” Allen coach Tom Westerberg said of his defense. “They did a great job, besides giving up that touchdown there at the end. They played extremely hard. We’re pretty physical and pretty athletic back there.”
Cedar Hill (0-1) tightened up defensively in the second half, giving its offense a chance to get the team back in the game, but untimely penalties and mistakes — particularly on third downs — tripped up Cedar Hill.
Every time Cedar Hill got something going, a false start or personal foul penalty pushed it back. And when the Longhorns needed a big play on third down, a dropped snap or broken play ended the drive.
Despite breaching Allen territory on each of its second-half drives, the Longhorns only came away with one touchdown — a meaningless score in the waning seconds of the game.
Making his debut at quarterback for Cedar Hill, Andre Alexander went 10-for-20 for 120 yards and a touchdown and added 30 yards rushing.
The Longhorns offense was inconsistent all night but showed glimpses of explosiveness at times, suggesting that the unit will come together as the season progresses.
While Allen’s offense struggled a bit in the second half, receiver Oliver Pierce didn’t. He finished with 127 yards and two touchdowns, much of which came after the break.
Pierce helped put the game away late in the fourth quarter. He took a slant pass 29 yards into Cedar Hill territory and then reached the end zone from 11 yards out to seal the win.
“He is a competitive, competitive person,” Westerberg said of Pierce. “You can’t keep him off the field.”