Friday in the comfort of the Larry G. Davis Football Complex in Benton, Allen picked up where he left off, scoring three times and rushing for 154 yards in a 48-19 District 5-AA win over Sweetwater.
“We played good tonight and got our second district win,” said a worn-out Allen. “We are 2-0 in the district and that’s what we came out to do. That’s what we wanted to do when we came out here and we did it. We started off strong and everything went good. We were in control all night.”
Allen put the first 14 points on the board with two first quarter scores on runs of 42 and 24 yards. The senior QB tacked on a two-point conversion for good measure. The Wildcat senior scored on another 24-yard run in the second quarter and added a second two-point conversion to make it 22-0.
“You want to get everybody involved as much as you can. But he’s got the hot hand,” said Wildcats’ coach Derrick Davis.
Tyler Lee had the hot hands to close the first quarter and hot feet to begin the second. The senior Polk defensive back intercepted a Sweetwater pass on the final play of the first period, setting the Wildcats up at their own 17-yard line. On the first play of the second, Lee took the ball from Allen and raced 83 yards for another Polk TD.
The fumble problem that has plagued Polk County in 2010 again showed itself in crucial situations. A 67-yard Lee punt return set the Wildcats up with a first-and-goal at the Sweetwater 3-yard line, but a fumble on the next play gave the ball back to the visiting Wildcats.
Polk got another chance when Sweetwater fumbled the football back two plays later. This time Chase Mull put Polk County on top 35-0 with a three-yard plunge.
The Polk County Wildcats put the ball on the ground four times — twice inside the Sweetwater 7-yard line — losing three of the dropped footballs.
“When you give it to a couple of guys and they lay it on the ground, that’s not like us. That’s not what we are about. That’s a disappointment,” said Davis.
The Polk County defense successfully put a stop to a pair of Sweetwater threats in the first half, forcing a missed field goal in the first quarter and holding the Wildcats out of the end zone on a fourth down at the Polk 2-yard line in the second.
“The defense had a couple of goal-line stands. We gave up a couple of big plays on the passes but it was great to see us have a little bit of hunger and excitement about what we are doing,” Davis stated.
With a 35-0 lead to open the third quarter, Polk enjoyed the continuous clock for exactly two plays before Sweetwater quarterback Gavyn Davis stopped it with an 82-yard TD run to make the score 35-6.
Polk answered with a 70-yard, five-play drive that ended with Lee scampering around left end for a 7-yard score. The two-point conversion put the Wildcats up 42-6.
Sweetwater opened the fourth quarter with another one-play, 73-yard score by Sweetwater’s Davis that caused Polk County’s Davis to rethink his decision to replace the starting defense.
“We came out and were going to go second offense and second defense and roll some guys in. We’ve got so many injuries and we are a little bit limited. I told them that’s why they are playing (junior varsity) on Monday night. When they can’t go out there and stop a basic play twice, that’s very disappointing,” said a clearly dissatisfied Davis. “I don’t know what some of those guys are watching during practice. You would think some of that stuff would register over a period of time. We’ve been known for rolling our guys in after we get up. But it’s frustrating when you roll them in and it takes them (the opponent) just two plays to score two touchdowns. We are going to have to get better in that area.”
Polk’s Derrick Saxe made up the deficit on the Wildcats’ next possession, scoring from the 1-yard-line after a 57-yard drive.
Sweetwater added one more score to the final total on a 22-yard TD pass from Davis to Nick Wicker.
Polk’s Davis said although his team gave up three touchdowns, he was glad to see the Wildcat fervor that has been recently deficient.
“We had two days of practice reminiscent of our ’80s practices. We didn’t even go over the Sweetwater game plan. We just blocked and tackled. We talked about the emotion that has been a little bit lacking and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the guys came out with a little bit of fire about them,” said Davis.
“All-in-all, it’s a win. We saw some things we have been really wanting to see, in particular the playing with passion and emotion. That was great.”