Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln pulled off the unexpected victory in the Class 4A State Championship when they upset Seffner (Fla.) Armwood 17-14. A major reason for the victory was the play of senior athlete Javorius Allen on both sides of the ball.
"This is a dream come true," Allen said. "I just knew I had unfinished business to do and I told these boys I was going to lead them to a state title and that is what we did. I want to thank them for pushing me and for pushing each other. That is Lincoln football."
Allen turned in his biggest play of the day in the second quarter when he scooped up a blocked Armwood field goal and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. That was one of just many major defensive stops by the Trojan defense.
"I just knew I had to make a big play," Allen said. "They are really good, we just played fast and physical. When it was time to come to play, the boys came to play. I just want to thank my team."
With his senior football season now concluded, the three-star athlete will turn his attention to recruiting. He mentioned four schools as being in the picture at this time.
"Alabama, Auburn, USC, and Florida," Allen said. "I haven't taken any visits. I am supposed to have some set up next month. I don't have the dates yet."
At this point, Allen claims no leader but he does know what he wants in his future home.
"I just want a good program and a place I can call home like Lincoln High School," Allen said.
On the season as a running back, Allen had 207 rushes for 1115 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He also had 25 receptions for 420 yards and four touchdowns.
Allen said that he would love to play running back at the next level but is willing to play elsewhere if it means an earlier opportunity.
"I play all over the field so wherever they need me," Allen said. "I don't care where, just whatever gets me on the field."
Beyond his visits, Allen said the next couple months will be about focusing on preparation for him to get to the next level and then excel at it on the field.
"I am just going to focus in the classroom and grind during the offseason," Allen said. "I just have to stay focused in the classroom and get the job done."
Academically, Allen is awaiting a test score from when he took a standardized test in early December.