Allen runs through Martin, 48-25; Kennedale wins on late field goal
Warriors run out of magic as Eagles claim third head-to-head win in four years
SOUTHLAKE -- After 12 strong weeks, the Martin Express was finally overtaken by a faster train.
The Allen Eagles ran up and down the field for 374 yards on the ground to race past Martin, 48-25, in a Class 6A Division I Regional Semifinal Friday night at Dragon Stadium.
It was the third time in four years that the Eagles (13-0) have eliminated the Warriors (11-2) in the playoffs. Allen will now face the winner of Saturday’s match-up between Euless Trinity and Midland Lee in next week’s regional final.
Martin had the ball first, but five plays into the game, Taj Bickham intercepted a Juma Otoviano pass and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown to give Allen a 7-0 lead the Eagles would never surrender.
John Scifano booted a 23-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3 moments later. Even though Martin ran 24 plays in the first quarter, the Eagles never got tired or frustrated.
During a wild second quarter, Allen added touchdowns from Theo Wease and Brock Sturges, while Martin countered with tallies from Otoviano and Brayden Willis to make it 21-16 Allen at the half.
Allen’s Grant Tisdale fired his second touchdown pass to Wease and Sturges added a second score to push the Eagles out to a 35-16 lead that Martin could not overcome.
Otoviano threw a 24-yard touchdown pass and Keelan Chilton returned a blocked extra point for two points, but the Warriors failed to get any closer.
Sturges finished the night with 218 yards on the ground and three touchdowns to lead the Allen attack.
In other local action Friday night:
Kennedale 45, Midlothian Heritage 43
FRISCO – Kennedale’s Kevin Tiero kicked a 40-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to give the Wildcats (12-1) a wild Class 4A Division I Regional Semifinal over Midlothian Heritage (12-1) Friday night at The Ford Center.
The win was the 200th career victory for Kennedale head coach Richard Barrett.
The game was a duel between Kennedale’s powerful rushing attack – which gained 358 yards -- against Midlothian Heritage’s passing attack, which rang up 435 yards.
Kennedale’s D.J. Kirven rushed for 137 yards and five touchdowns, while Heritage quarterback Landon Ledbetter threw for 413 yards and five touchdowns, before Tiero had the final say in the game.
Kennedale will take on District 8-4A champion Kaufman in next week’s regional final.
Highland Park 52, Mansfield Summit 20
DALLAS – Highland Park quarterback John Stephen Jones passed for 408 yards and five touchdowns as the Scots (12-1) routed Mansfield Summit Friday night in a Class 5A Division I Regional Semifinal at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
Jones – the grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones – connected on 25 of 30 passes in the contest, which saw the Scots bolt to a 31-13 lead after one quarter.
Summit quarterback Brysen McKinney rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times in the game. Highland Park will take on Mansfield Lake Ridge in next week’s Region II final.