Cowboys catch tough breaks, run out of fuel in loss to Allen

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Cowboys catch tough breaks, run out of fuel in loss to Allen

Coppell High School junior quarterback Brady Mcbride is tackled by Allen defensive linemen, Jayden Jernigan and Will Udo, during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game to the Allen Eagles at Buddy Echols Field. Coppell had an early 10-7 lead in the first quarter, but couldn’t sustain it as the Eagles pulled off a 42-20 win over the Cowboys.

Coppell High School junior quarterback Brady Mcbride is tackled by Allen defensive linemen, Jayden Jernigan and Will Udo, during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game to the Allen Eagles at Buddy Echols Field. Coppell had an early 10-7 lead in the first quarter, but couldn’t sustain it as the Eagles pulled off a 42-20 win over the Cowboys.

Kelly Monaghan

Coppell High School junior quarterback Brady Mcbride is tackled by Allen defensive linemen, Jayden Jernigan and Will Udo, during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game to the Allen Eagles at Buddy Echols Field. Coppell had an early 10-7 lead in the first quarter, but couldn’t sustain it as the Eagles pulled off a 42-20 win over the Cowboys.

Kelly Monaghan

Kelly Monaghan

Coppell High School junior quarterback Brady Mcbride is tackled by Allen defensive linemen, Jayden Jernigan and Will Udo, during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game to the Allen Eagles at Buddy Echols Field. Coppell had an early 10-7 lead in the first quarter, but couldn’t sustain it as the Eagles pulled off a 42-20 win over the Cowboys.

Marcus Krum, Sports Executive Editor

It was just one of those nights.

Whether it was trips to the red zone ending in only three points, or missed offsides call that would have given the Coppell offense a first down, the Cowboys (2-1) simply could not catch a break, falling to the state no. 2 Allen Eagles (3-0) 42-20 on Friday night.

For Coppell, the misfortune began late in the first half. After sophomore kicker Caden Davis nailed his second of two field goals with 59 seconds remaining in the half, the Cowboys looked like they would head into the locker room only down 14-13. However, Allen drove 80 yards in only 50 seconds to go up by eight.

This lead, that would eventually help Allen pull away late, came after Coppell stuck with the Eagles for much of the first half. Allen struck first early on, but the Cowboys came roaring back with a 30-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Brady McBride to sophomore wide receiver Jonathan McGill. On the ensuing kickoff, senior kicker Kevin Madigan recovered a fumble on the Allen 28, setting Coppell up with great field position.

“It gives us huge confidence, knowing we can hang with the no. 2 team in the state,” McGill said. “We just went out there and did our thing.”

However, just as it would happen late in the second quarter, Coppell could only come up with a field goal on that drive, getting stifled by the top-tier Allen defense.

Early in the third quarter, after getting two defensive stops, the Cowboys were able to pull within a point once again, scoring on a 49 yard on-the-run touchdown pass from McBride to junior wide receiver Gabe Lemons.

“We were confident going in, and the entire time,” Coppell coach Mike DeWitt said. “We felt like we were going to be able to play these guys, and we have some great kids and they played really hard.”

Coppell High School sophomore running back and center T.J. McDaniel is tackled by Allen defensive line, Cole Maxwell, as he runs the ball down the field during the second quarter of Friday night’s game to the Allen Eagles at Buddy Echols Field. The Coppell Cowboys ended the night with a 42-20 loss to the Eagles.

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Coppell High School sophomore running back and center T.J. McDaniel is tackled by Allen defensive line, Cole Maxwell, as he runs the ball down the field during the second quarter of Friday night’s game to the Allen Eagles at Buddy Echols Field. The Coppell Cowboys ended the night with a 42-20 loss to the Eagles.

Later in the third, Allen scored again to take a 28-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter. With the ball around midfield on fourth down and three, the Cowboys elected to go for it. McBride drew an Allen defender offsides, then, because of the imminent penalty that would give Coppell a first down, tried a long pass that fell incomplete. However, the flag was never thrown, giving Allen first and ten with great field position.

“[The referee] admitted to me, he said, ‘I missed it coach, I missed it,” DeWitt said. “That happens, but that was big.”

Allen, feeding off the momentum gained from the turnover on downs, drove to score, going up 35-20. At this point, the Coppell defense had simply run out of energy.

“We got tired,” DeWitt said. “We just couldn’t tackle well in the end.”

Allen would score again late, ending the game with a 42-20 victory over Coppell.

After a bye week next week, the Cowboys head into district play against the Dallas Jesuit Rangers, a very solid all-around team that is still looking for its first win on the season.

“We really need to be in the weightroom, staying healthy, staying fit,” McGill said. “Jesuit’s a good team, and we’re going to need to make plays against them.”

 

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