Allen's Season Ends in Rout

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- A week ago in the regular season finale, Pine Forest shutout Sanford, 14-0, and limited star tight end Dwayne Allen to just four catches.

Friday, the two teams met again in the first round of the NCHSAA 4AA Playoffs. While both Allen and Sanford were more productive, the result remained the same – a 41-17 Pine Forest victory.

"[We didn't have] heart," a distraught Allen said. "We didn't learn how to man-up and play with heart. The seniors are supposed to be the leader of the team. Unfortunately, we didn't have that tonight."

After Sanford turned two fumble recoveries into ten points, they marched out of the first quarter with a 10-0 lead.

Pine Forest quickly answered back with 13 second quarter points. A failed field goal attempt that hit the upright prevented Sanford from going into half time with a tie score.

Things got ugly in the second half. Four unanswered touchdowns by Pine Forest put the game out of reach. However, a determined Sanford squad did muster a late fourth quarter touchdown.

Allen, who only caught one pass in the first half, ended the game with six catches for just under 100 yards.

"It still wasn't my best game," Allen said.

Sanford finishes the season with a 6-6 record.

"It's not over for me," Allen said. "Unfortunately, it's over for my teammates, but it's not over for me."

Allen will play in the Shrine Bowl on December 15th and ESPNU's High School All-American Game on January 5th.

With his senior season complete, Allen will now put more emphasis on his recruitment.

This weekend, Allen will take an official visit to Georgia, the school he verbally committed to almost a year ago, for the Auburn game. Next week, he will head to Blacksburg for an official visit with Virginia Tech (versus Miami).

Allen says he doesn't yet know the destinations of his final three official visits, but admitted North Carolina is in the race.

Tommy Thigpen, Allen's primary recruiter at UNC, keeps in touch weekly.

"As a matter of fact, he called me [Thursday] night," Allen said. "We just talk person-to-person. When we get on the phone, it's never about recruiting. It's never about ‘Dwayne, I want you to come here.' It's about ‘Dwayne, how are you doing.'"

In addition to sorting out his recruitment, Allen will participate in basketball this winter and continue to physically prepare himself for his collegiate career.

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