Allen's Perfection

Fayetteville has a lot of offensive weapons and junior quarterback Brandon Allen showed them all off on Friday and Saturday in leading the Bulldogs to the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 title in Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK - For the second straight weekend, Fayetteville junior quarterback Brandon Allen was simply perfect.

What else would you call a kid that passes for 84 touchdowns with zero interceptions while grabbing the MVP trophy for the second consecutive weekend?

This week's performance came at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 event in which the Bulldogs completed a 10-game unbeaten run through the 24-team tournament by downing Texas power Arlington Bowie 49-48 in the finals.

"I am just ecstatic and so proud of our kids," Fayetteville head coach Daryl Patton said. "Everybody had to play in it, but the conditions were tough, it was very warm, we had to play a lot of games back-to-back," Patton said. "We played a lot of good teams, a lot of talented teams and our kids never gave up, played hard and played together.

"In 7-on-7, you have got to have a good quarterback and we feel like we have the best around in Brandon," Patton said. "He's thrown for 84 touchdowns in two tournaments with no interceptions."

It's absolutely stunning to Patton and other close observers of the recruiting game that Allen (6-2, 185) - who was named the top signal caller at Arkansas' camp earlier this month - has not yet received an offer.

It is suspected that the fact he is the son of Arkansas assistant coach Bobby Allen has many colleges thinking he will definitely be a Razorback and thus not putting offers on the table.

"I have literally talked to 20-plus D-1 colleges this spring and summer," Patton said. "Oregon, UCLA, Stanford – all these schools tell me they love him to death. But there are no offers and that just blows me away.

"Other kids are getting offers and Brandon's not," Patton added. "Brandon loves the Razorbacks – no doubt – and we sure hope the Razorbacks offer him one day. If they do, they will get a good quarterback, but if they are not, we want to find him a good home because he is a kid that can definitely play college football.

"It's still a year away, but I think he is one of the best quarterbacks in the state this year and definitely next year he will carry that label as well."

Allen had 34 touchdowns and 20 interceptions as a sophomore and started every game, but Patton says the number of picks is a bit misleading.

"Going to back to last year he had 20 interceptions, but realistically he just had 12 because the other 8 were off tipped passes," Patton said. "We broke it all down just to see where our weakness were.

"But 12 was still too many and we preached no turnovers during the off-season and during spring practice," Patton added. "Brandon has done a great job of protecting the ball. He is just a very smart individual, you tell him once what the idea is and the concept and he's got it."

Allen was 20-of-24 in the championship game with seven touchdown passes.

"He's got two MVP trophies in two tournaments and hopefully that is not the end of it," Patton said.

It certainly helps that Fayetteville has so many offensive weapons, including junior wideout and UA commit Demetrius Dean (6-3, 225), senior tight end Josh Hale (6-4, 200) and senior running back turned wideout Michael Heintzman.

"Receiver-wise, we feel like we have got some match-up problems," Patton said. "Josh Hale had a great tournament, had 49 catches for the tournament.

"Dean is such a match-up problem for a lot of teams, especially in the red zone," Patton added. "He has got to get in shape, but he is still a specimen and a good player.

"Michael Heintzman also just had an unbelievable tournament," Patton continued. "He gives us the home run threat that we didn't really have last year."

Troy Underwood and junior tailback Dylan Hale were also praised for their offensive performances.

"Dylan Hale was really a guy against Rogers Heritage (in the semifinal) and Arlington Bowie that really helped us win both ballgames," Patton said. "He was the guy we tried to isolate on their weakest defender and he had a great game in the championship."

Nathan Grady was named the event's top defender and knocked down a two-point pass as time ran out.

"When they were going for the two-point conversion, a lot of teams - a lot of them that we might have had in the past would have not risen to the occasion – but there was never any doubt with this one," Patton said. "They were going to make the play."

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