Allen, Sanford Suffer First Loss

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- Dwayne Allen watched his Sanford team's unbeaten streak snapped Friday night with a 43-20 loss to cross-town rival Britt.


"We came into this game with playoff mentality, because Jack Britt is a playoff team," Allen said postgame. "We really wanted to win this one."

After Sanford scored a touchdown on the game's opening drive, a safety on a poor snap during a punt attempt sparked Britt to score 43 unanswered points.

"We were inconsistent," said Allen. "We have a young quarterback and they took advantage of that. The safety was a huge momentum shift."

Allen, a 6-foot-4 230-pound tight end, was utilized primarily as a blocker in Sanford's run-first offense. During pass plays, the pressure on sophomore quarterback Jordan Vann helped limit Allen to three catches for 28 yards with no drops.

"There were plays where I was wide open," Allen said. "When we came out the first few times I had single coverage against a 5-8 safety, but [Vann] couldn't pull the trigger… I was very frustrated."

Down 16-6 with Britt driving, Allen, who didn't start on defense, subbed in at weakside defensive end with roughly two minutes remaining in the first half. The move paid off as Britt's drive stopped with a turnover on downs.

"We were having problems covering the pulling guard and the tackle," said Allen. "They called me out there and I just performed to the best of my ability."

Allen remained on defense for the early part of the second half, but was flipped to the strongside.

"They wanted me over the tight end side, because that's the side they mostly run to," said Allen.

While on the strongside, Allen matched up a lot with highly touted junior offensive tackle Xavier Nixon.

"He's got some ways to go, but he's young," said Allen. "He definitely shows great potential in being one of the top tackles in the nation [for the 2009 class].

"I just out-powered him tonight, but he did a great job. He has real quick feet and good hands and gets on the defender."

In limited action, Allen was in on four tackles. Sanford, now 3-1, will host Angier (N.C.) Harnett Central next Friday.

Recruiting Update

With the Evaluation Period opening up this past weekend, Allen's cell phone has been ringing off the hook.

"I had calls from North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, NC State – that's all the ones I can remember off the top of my head," said Allen.

Tommy Thigpen contacted Allen Sunday night for UNC.

"He just told me how good of a game I had the day before," said Allen. "And then he wished me luck on this game."

Allen will head to Athens on Saturday for the Georgia-South Carolina game. He's also planning on being in Chapel Hill when UNC hosts South Carolina and Miami.

Allen still has only scheduled one official visit – Georgia on November 10th when the Bulldogs host Auburn. However, he said he still figures to take all five of his official visits.

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