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LEWISVILLE — So you’ve got a quarterback behind center with a big, big arm, and a group of fast, wide-receiver athletics ready, willing, and able to get the better of any given defense.
It’s a good combination, right? Maybe even more than decent, says Highland Park quarterback Brennan Storer.
“It’s pretty much a perfect game,” the Western Michigan pledge said Friday.
Storer — that quarterback with a big, big arm — made him damn close to something perfect in Highland Park’s 31-17 win over Lewisville on Friday night at Max Goldsmith Stadium. Storer, a senior, passed for 299 yards and four touchdowns for 69, 56, 45 and 12 yards.
The win gave Highland Park coach Randy Allen 426 for his career. He’s tied with former Celina and Pilot Point coach GA Moore for second in state history, and he trails former Corpus Christi coach Callallen Phil Danaher (490 wins) by 64 wins for the state record.
“GA Moore is one of my heroes,” said Allen, the state’s highest-earning active coach. “He was a great coach, a great man, a great Christian. I’m just honored to be there with him.
Allen can pass his hero on the all-time winning list next week at home against Lake Highlands.
“The things he does day to day amaze me,” Storer said of Allen. “He is always adding new things, developing and learning. He’s still adapting and that’s what makes him unique.
In his 42nd season on the sidelines for the Scots, Allen credited the Highland Park kids, the No.10 team in The Dallas Morning News zone rankings, and its feeder schools for the 426 wins. So let’s oblige Allen and talk about it.
Storer connected with senior Jackson Heis for a 56-yard touchdown on Highland Park’s opener to take an early lead. He found classmate Grayson Schrank for that 69-yard score with 3:33 left in the second quarter, then opened the second half with a 45-yard touchdown strike against senior Luke Herring. Storer found Schrank again, with 10:01 left in the fourth, for a 12-yard touchdown.
“We really have six guys that I feel like I don’t [defensive back] in the state can cover,” Storer said. “Coach Allen has done a great job with play calls knowing we can get the upper hand.”
Team No. 8 The news’ Zone 6A standings, Lewisville (1-1) tied Highland Park (2-0) at 7-7 after the first quarter and 17-17 in the third, and had late scoring opportunities. On the fourth-and-first at the Highland Park 8-yard line to open the fourth quarter, Lewisville attempted a quarterback to take the first.
No dice, as a fumbled slam derailed the game. And with 4:27 left in the game, down two scores, Lewisville attempted a straight slam against four-star junior safety Jaydan Hardy in fourth-and-second at the 4 from Highland Park. The Highland Park defense gobbled it up for a turnover on the downs.
“We’ve got a ton to tweak,” Lewisville coach Michael Odle said. “This game showed so much.”
Says Allen: “These two [fourth down] stands there, they turned the game around. Who would have thought, on a quarterback sneaking in behind that huge offensive line, that our guys would find a way to [stop] their?”
Even after 426 career wins and four state championships, it turns out you can still be a little surprised and very impressed.
The five winningest coaches in Texas history:
|Phil Danher||490||Corpus Christi Callallen|
|Randy Allen||426||Highland Park|
|G. A. Moore||426||Celina|
|Tom Nolan||364||Houston Lamar|
Note: Coaches are listed with the school where they spent the longest part of their career.
Source: Dave Campbell’s Texas Football
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