“I give most of the glory to my teammates and the people that block for me: Derrick Tuck, Kylan Cross and DQ,” Allen said. “They block for me, I go behind them and I try to get as many yards as I can for them.”
Allen rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns against the Red Devils. On the first play of the game, Allen went 55 yards for a touchdown. He also added a 47 yard touchdown later in the game.
“I was just going behind my blockers and cutting off of them, “Allen said. “ I used my speed to get outside and score.”
TC Central’s second year head coach Damien Dorsey said he has proud of the way that his senior has stepped up this season.
“I am proud of the young man, because he has been through a lot,” Dorsey said. “He had an injury early in the season and he battled through it with his shoulder. He got through it. He is a fighter. I didn’t expect him to carry the load like he has, but he has done it. He has gotten 20-30 carries a game since the Winterboro game. He has stepped up and answered the bell.”
Last week, Allen was honored as the Talladega County Board of Education Student/Athlete of the week. He has a 4.0 GPA; when he graduates he plans to major in mechanical engineering.
“I try just as hard in school as I do on the football field,” Allen said. “I try to make sure that I have all of my work in and I study every night, because I know your grades are just as important as football.”
Allen said the team hasn’t allowed the homecoming festivities to be a distraction this week. He believes the team is focused on preparing for a tough Fayetteville team.
“We came out here and we had a very good two days of practice, because it is a short week for us,” Allen said. “Our team should be focused.”
The Fighting Tigers started the season with a 1-4 record, but they have won their last two region games which have them tied for third in Class 1A Region 4 standings with Fayetteville and Wadley.
“We had a fight through injuries early in the season, but are starting to get back healthy and they are starting to come back,” Allen said.
Allen has played on the varsity team since he was in the eighth grade and he has been playing football since he was in the fifth grade. Allen said he admires the games of several players in the NFL, but there is one player in particular that he wants to play like.
“I try to play with speed like DeSean Jackson,” he said.
With three games left in the regular season, Allen said the seniors are focused on accomplishing something that has not been done since coming to high school- earning a playoff berth.
”It has been a while since we have made the playoffs and we really want to bring that back to the school and the community,” Allen said.