Allen - Southlake Carroll Preview

On one side, you've got a chance for redemption. The other has another opportunity to make a statement. Regardless of which side you root for – Southlake Carroll's or visiting Allen's – you're in for a treat in Southlake at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 30. A look into one of Texas' marquee Week 0 matchups...

Southlake Carroll is the team looking for redemption after it took one on the chin to Allen, 24-0, last season. That spearheaded Allen's run to a Class 5A, Division 1 state championship, which it captured with a 35-21 victory over Houston Lamar.

Southlake Carroll lost a heartbreaker to DeSoto, 49-45 in the 5A, Division I quarterfinals.

Many think Allen has another excellent chance at repeating, and that has a lot to do with its junior quarterback Kyler Murray. He passed for 2,004 yards and 17 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,342 yards and 25 scores in 2012.

His father Kevin Murray, played quarterback at A&M from 1983 to 1986 and was inducted into the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame last year. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that he really likes Texas A&M right now. But there are several other programs in pursuit, including Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech.

One of his primary targets will be 2015 Oklahoma tight end commitment Bobby Evans. On defense, Allen will lean on the play-making ability of 2014 Sooners linebacker commitment Tay Evans.

Southlake Carroll has high hopes for 2015 quarterback Ryan Agnew, who has the task of taking over for Texas A&M signee Kenny Hill.

He performed well in the limited time he received in 2012 by completing 43 of 60 passes for 575 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 71 times for 492 yards and 10 scores.

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