What a ride it was for the Allen Eagles. Friday night, Allen saw its 57 game win streak snapped by Westlake 23-17 in the Texas Class 6A Division I state semifinals, which also stopped the run of three straight state titles for the Eagles.
Westlake, which entered the game ranked #26 in the High School Football America National Top 25, dominated Allen through the better part of three-and-a-half quarters. Late in the game, Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger was intercepted at the goal line Jaylon Jones, who took it 100 yards to cut the score to 23-17 with less than two minutes remaining, but that was as close as the Eagles would get.
“You know it’s going to end sometime,” Allen coach Tom Westerberg told The Dallas Morning News. “You don’t want it to, but you know it’s going to end. We just didn’t make the plays that we usually do.”
It was the fifth time in five tries that Westlake head coach Todd Dodge has been able to end Allen’s season in the playoffs. Dodge, when he was the head coach at Southlake Carroll, was a perfect 4-0 against the Eagles in the playoffs.
Westlake (14-1) will make its first appearance in a state final since 2009 when it plays next week in Houston. The Chaparrals will face the winner of Saturday’s game between Judson and North Shore.
Allen lost for the first time since a 37-34 overtime loss at Coppell on September 28, 2012.