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Allen has hand in six TDs as Freeport wins Class I title

Freeport quarterback Kevin Allen (20 with the stiff

Freeport quarterback Kevin Allen (20 with the stiff arm against Floyd's Devante Smith (36) in the first half. Freeport defeated William Floyd 38-14. (November 28, 2009) Credit: Freelance/Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan

Kevin Allen had some unfinished business. Freeport's senior halfback-turned-quarterback was playing in the Long Island Class I championship game again, and this time he made sure he'd leave a winner.

"There was no way we were losing this game," Allen said. "I was leaving everything I had on the field. This was the last chance to win it all."

There would be no denying Allen. He totaled 403 all-purpose yards, scored four rushing touchdowns and passed for two more as Freeport rolled over Floyd, 38-14, to win the Class I title last night before a crowd of 3,500 at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium.

Allen finished the season with a Nassau-record 35 touchdowns, breaking the mark of 29 set by two-time Thorp Award winner Amos Zereoue of Mepham, who went to play in the NFL. Allen's playoff numbers were striking. He rushed for 1,095 yards and 17 touchdowns in four games.

He was fabulous, and Freeport (10-2) rode his able legs to its third Class I title.

"We've never depended so much on one person in the history of our program," Freeport coach Russ Cellan said. "We knew it, everyone else knew it, and he still did it. That's not easy."

But Allen made it look so simple. He pounded the Floyd defense for 252 yards on 40 carries. His 51-yard touchdown run capped a 19-point fourth quarter and put the final dagger in Floyd's season. He also scored on runs of 5, 7 and 3 yards and threw touchdown passes of 43 and 12 yards to Ashanti Foster-Felder.

"He was unstoppable," said Floyd defensive lineman Kevin Hauter, who had eight tackles. "He hit some passes early and then he made some real nice cutbacks on his runs."

"We're better than this. We have one of the best defenses on Long Island," Floyd linebacker Luke Miller said. "Every time we thought we were back in the game, he broke another run."

Floyd (10-2) was looking for its fourth Long Island title in the past five years. Trailing 19-6 early in the third quarter, the Colonials went on a 16-play, 68-yard drive that consumed 6:24 before Miller scored on a 3-yard run. Quarterback Darryl Moore hit Krys Valentin with the two-point conversion pass to make it 19-14.

"We never gave up on each other and our line played great," Allen said. "We came right back and answered their score."

But each time Floyd crawled back into the game, Allen found the end zone. He hit wide receiver Jeff Williams for 45 yards to the Floyd 32, ran for 16 yards and scored on a 3-yard run to make it 25-14. The six-play, 80-yard drive lasted 2:11.

"Bang, just like that, we were back in the end zone," Foster-Felder said. "That's the beauty of Kevin Allen."

This time Floyd had no answer. A big hit at the line of scrimmage forced a fumble that was recovered by David Agu at the Floyd 18 with 41 seconds left in the third quarter. It was one of five Floyd turnovers.

"We made too many mistakes," Floyd coach Paul Longo said. "You can't turn it over and expect to win. We didn't take care of the ball and that was the deciding factor."

The Colonials couldn't keep up with the frenetic scoring pace of Freeport, which capitalized on two turnovers and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to put away the game.

"We could feel it," Allen said. "Our line was moving them up front and they were reeling."

His 12-yard scoring pass to Foster-Felder in the corner of the end zone with 10:30 left in the game stretched the lead to 32-14.

"He's a go-getter," Allen said. "I threw it up there and he went and got it. He's a player."

So is the guy who threw it.


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