Nathan's Big Season

Like his older brother Casey, Nathan Dick (6-4, 200) will be leading his team into a big game Saturday trying to continue what has been a banner year for his Allen squad.

It's been a pretty good year for the football teams guided by the quarterbacking brothers Casey and Nathan Dick with each of their squads having lost just one game each.

Both Casey (6-2, 200) – now the starting quarterback for the University of Arkansas - and younger brother Nathan (6-4, 200), a senior star for Allen (Texas) High, are leading squads that are currently riding nine-game winning streaks.

? Nathan has not thrown an interception in 278 tosses while Casey – who took over as the Razorback starter for Mitch Mustain last week – has just one in his 55 attempts.

"Things have gone really well for us," Nathan Dick said. "I am so proud of him (Casey) for overcoming his injury and just staying ready until it was time for him. It finally came and he's making the most of it."

Both will be back at it on Saturday with Nathan's Allen team slated to play Rowlett in a 10 a.m. "Breakfast Bowl" at the Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium and then Casey and Arkansas taking the field at 1:30 at Mississippi State.

The Allen-Rowlett game is a rematch of the Eagles' 31-10 win back in week three of the season in which the Eagles lost star running back and Tulsa commit Charles Opeseyitan to a season-ending injury.

"It was tough to lose him, but we have had some guys step up and really perform well," Dick said. "We feel pretty good about where we are going up against them again and just need to go out and execute."

Nathan committed to Rice this summer after also receiving scholarship offers from Baylor, Kansas, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech and SMU.

He did so in part in part because firs-year Rice head coach Todd Graham's hire of former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite as his quarterbacks coach.

"I just really felt comfortable with Coach Applewhite and the fact that they are going to the spread offense, which is what I am familiar with since we run it here at Allen," Dick said. "I just think it is a real good situation for me overall."

He knows there are many Razorback fans who love to see him end up in Fayetteville along with his brother and Mustain.

"I don't have an offer from Arkansas right now," Nathan said. "So there's not really much I can say about that."

Nathan Dick has completed 180-of-277 passes with 18 touchdowns this season, including a pair in last week's 22-17 win over Plano East that won the Eagles a district title before a crowd of over 14,000 fans.

He's also shown great mobility by rushing 86 times for 332 yards and nine more scores.

"I think I have just done a good job of checking out the defense at the line of scrimmage, going through my reads, knowing where the blitz is coming from and getting us in some situations to be successful, " Dick said.

His biggest game this season was in a 48-47 come-from-behind win over Rockwall in which he was 35-of-58 passing for 464 yards and four touchdowns.

Allen was down 26-0 and 33-14 before storming back to take the lead for the first time with just 1:20 left in the game. "I think everything has just come together for us this year and we believe in each other and always feel like we are going to make the plays we need to win," Dick said. "It's been a great group of guys to be around."

Nathan hasn't been able to get to Fayetteville since Arkansas' win over Utah State, but he has followed the Razorbacks closely.

"They have had a great season and I very happy for them and glad Casey's getting a chance now to play and taking advantage of it," Dick said. "Now we both just have to go out and finished what we started."


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