Austin Allen Pushes Forward

Fayetteville quarterback Austin Allen has managed to persevere after two tough opening weeks of the high school football season.

So you think it's tough for you to be a Razorback football fan these days?

Well, at least you're not the son of an Arkansas assistant coach, the brother of a Razorback quarterback who was fed to the wolves against Alabama and an Arkansas commitment – all while trying to lead your own team.

All those are roles right now of Fayetteville High quarterback Austin Allen (6-2, 205), whose dad Bobby coaches the Razorback secondary and whose older brother Brandon is a back-up quarterback who was forced into action the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

""The past five years all I remember is high notes, win almost every single game except with Alabama and LSU," Allen said. "Right now it is a tough time and (Arkansas head) Coach (John L.) Smith is kind of in a no-win situation. I feel like we will come back the last half of the season and have a pretty good finish actually.

"But yes, it's been tough for our family," added Allen, a four-star quarterback per FOX Sports NEXT who was selected for the prestigious Elite 11 camp this summer in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Through five games this season for the defending Class 7A state champions, Austin Allen has completed 86-of-141 passes for 1,469 yards with 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

The Purple Bulldogs, who started the season with two losses to out-of-state powers Memphis University High and Jefferson City (MO), have steadied the ship and won three straight.

That includes last Friday's 27-11 win at archrival Springdale, which kept the Fayetteville senior class unbeaten against Springdale.

"To win four straight over Springdale, to win at Jarrell Williams Stadium, I could not be more proud of a group of kids," Purple Bulldogs head coach Daryl Patton said.

Fayetteville will host Rogers Heritage tonight at Harmon Stadium – previously known as Harmon Field.

"I think we are on a hot streak right now," Allen said. "I think when our offense picks it up like our defense has we are going to be hard for anybody to beat."

Allen was 15-of-24 passing for 240 yards and two touchdowns against the Red Bulldogs.

He has two favorite targets this season – junior Springdale transfer Jordan Dennis (24 catches, 450 yards, four touchdowns) and senior Cole Harris (28 catches, 497 yards, one touchdown).

It was an Allen-to-Dennis connection right before the half that grabbed momentum for Fayetteville.

Dennis tipped the ball away from a Springdale defender and into the air to himself in the end zone as the Purple Bulldogs took a 21-7 lead right before intermission.

"We have ran it 100 times in practice this week and I just gave him a chance," Allen said. "That's what they want me to do all the time and he made a play on it. A heck of a play."

Allen is coming off a junior season in which he passed for 4,150 yards and 46 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.

"Austin continues to make the right decisions for us and put us in the best positive to make plays and win football games," Patton said. "He's been a pleasure to coach."

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