Top-ranked Allen (Texas) storms back to beat Skyline


by Jeff Fisher

Many were saying that Saturday’s Class 6A Division I state semifinal between Allen and Skyline was really the championship game.

Why?

Many felt these were the two best teams in the state.

Allen, which ended the regular season ranked #1 in the High School Football America Top 25, was facing Skyline, which finished #20 in the nation.  The winner would remain in contention for our “mythical” national championship, plus punch its ticket to the state championship against Cypress Ranch (13-2) at  AT&T Stadium next week.

The game didn’t disappoint as Allen, which has won the first two High School Football America national championships (sharing 2012 with co-champ John Curtis from Louisiana), rallied from a three touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter to win 52-34 before 20,000 fans.  The win pushed Allen’s win streak to 42 straight victories.

The comeback was led by quarterback Kyler Murray, who earlier in the week was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Murray was 24-of-36 for 406 yards with five touchdowns.

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About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America.Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet.Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.