ALVIN, Texas - On Thursday night La Marque took on Rosenberg Terry in the first round of the Class 4A-Division II Texas State playoffs in what turned out to be an exciting contest. In a rematch of the opening week of the regular season, a game won 21-20 by Terry, La Marque come out on top this time by a score of 31-25.
Though Terry junior wide receiver Derrick Griffin came in with a lot of hype, La Marque's Brian Allen put on a bit of a show himself. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound senior caught three passes for 66 yards but also was valuable in blocking for the running game. He was excited to be on the winning end this time.
"To come out here and get this win as huge," Allen said. "This is the team that beat us earlier in the year. The defense stepped up and the offense, we did what we do best and scored the football.
"I actually separated my shoulder against Dawson so I missed a week of practice. I was battling that a little bit and I had to come back in here and get in the groove of things. It felt good though."
The game was tied 25-25 until Allen caught a 45-yard touchdown pass that turned out to be the game winner. He says he never had any doubts the play would work.
"We were having a little bit of trouble running the ball there at the end," he said, "so I told my quarterback, 'Let's air it out. I promise I got you.' He gave me a chance and I went and got it for him."
On the recruiting front Allen has picked up a handful of offers so far.
"I have offers from UTEP, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and North Texas," he said.
Allen has made one official visit already and hopes to take a couple more as well.
"I took an official visit Oct. 22 to UTEP," he said. "I liked it a lot. I want to major in electrical engineering and they have one of the top engineering programs in the country so I'm looking hard at UTEP.
"I've talked to Utah. They said maybe the second week in January (for an official visit). I'm going to try and get that deal done."
Allen admits that a couple of schools stand out at the moment but he has by no means shut the door on the other programs.
"It's probably UTEP because that's the school that I've been to," he said as far as having a favorite. "Utah's also looking pretty good in the Pc-12. I'm pretty much looking at everybody still though."
A commitment still appears to be some time off though.
"I'm going to make my final decision come signing day," Allen said.