A couple hours later, that was all erased as he led the Lions to an emphatic 42-20 victory at Jacksonville.
Allen threw interceptions on the first and third plays from scrimmage — the first of which was returned 27 yards for a touchdown by Brock Sanderson — and the Lions found themselves in a quick 14-0 hole. But despite the brutal start and their 0-4 record, Munford coach Will Wagnon was confident his quarterback would get back on track.
“All you have to do is have one or two big plays and you forget about all the bad,” Wagnon said. “He had that touchdown run and all that went on at the first was gone.”
That run, a 59-yard touchdown, came late in the first, and it appeared to be only a slight obstacle on the Golden Eagles’ path to a homecoming victory, but it soon became clear that the win-less visitors weren’t a cupcake.
Allen completed his next seven passes during a streak of six touchdowns in eight possessions scored by the suddenly confident Munford offense.
Allen was the maestro, as he had 126 yards rushing and 124 yards passing in the first half alone. Of the Lions first 44 plays, 37 were either a rush or pass by Allen.
If Allen was the star, Jonathon Parker was certainly the best supporting actor.
Parker finished the night with only 45 yards rushing and 18 yards receiving, but he accounted for three consecutive touchdowns — two receiving and one rushing — that turned a 14-14 deadlock into a 35-14 Munford lead.
It was not all about the Munford offense though, as the Lions’ defense turned in what was by far their best performance of the season.
Because of the early interceptions, Jacksonville was forced to gain only 15 yards to jump out to a 14-0 lead three and a half minutes into the game. But the Lions were able to find ways to keep the scoreboard reading 14 for the home team until the fourth quarter.
While they did make plays, the Jacksonville offense was its own worst enemy at times. They had multiple drive-killing penalties and fumbled seven times, three of which were recovered by Munford. The Lions also came up with three interceptions.
It was a disappointing homecoming for Jacksonville (1-4, 1-2 Class 4A, Region 6), though they may have found a big-play threat in Immanuel Holifield, who rushed for 112 yards on only seven carries, including a 58-yard run that closed the scoring.
It was a case of too little, too late, as Wagnon picked up his first Gatorade shower as a head coach, while the Golden Eagles were left to rue missed opportunities.
Munford (1-4, 0-3 Class 4A, Region 3) will look to get Wagnon his first area win next week against Beauregard.
“We’ve set goals, our team has set goals, and they have not been met yet,” Wagnon said. “We’re not where we expected to be. But, we can’t look back, we’ve got to look forward. We’re going to go into our next five expecting to win.”