No. 1 ALLEN (8-0, 5-0 8-5A) at HEBRON (6-2, 4-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Hawk Stadium
When we saw them last: With Allen trailing by four with 1:40 remaining against Flower Mound Marcus, quarterback Alec Morris led the Eagles on a scoring drive capped by a 16-yard touchdown pass to Oliver Pierce for a 38-35 win. The game was one of the best in the area this season. Hebron rebounded from its loss to Plano East by whipping Plano West 37-17, a win that puts the Hawks in good position to clinch a playoff spot.
2010 result: Hebron shocked previously undefeated Allen by rolling up 642 yards of total offense in a 35-28 win. It was a back-and-forth affair that featured seven total turnovers. Hebron broke a 28-28 tie by scoring in the final minute. The Hawks won despite a mammoth night from Allen running back Jonathan Williams, who rushed for more than 200 yards.
What’s at stake: Hebron has a two-game lead on a playoff spot at 4-1 but nothing is certain in District 8-5A, where surprises are expected. A win would clinch a postseason berth for Hebron and would make the winner of the Hawks' regular-season finale against Flower Mound Marcus the top seed in Division II.
Key matchup: The Eagles had a hard time getting their running game going against Marcus last week. It might not get any easier against Hebron, which gives up just a little more than 100 rushing yards per game. As a whole, Hebron gives up about 17 points per game.
Players to watch: Williams hasn’t put up big stats this year (703 yards, seven touchdowns, partly because of injury, but the Missouri commit is always a threat to break one for a touchdown. Hebron quarterback Joseph Farley is one of the more underrated dual threats in the area. He has 1,422 passing yards and five touchdowns to go with his production on the ground – 441 yards and five touchdowns.
Prediction: Allen 31, Hebron 21.