Southlake Carroll entered the game with the top storyline as former DCTF No. 1 QB Quinn Ewers decided to forgo his senior year just weeks ahead of the season.
2023 Southlake Carroll QB Kaden Anderson (6'4, 205) grabbed many statewide headlines as he scored four touchdowns in his first game, but a key reason for Anderson's early success had to do with his backfield mate, 2023 RB Owen Allen (5'10, 180).
The duo formed a tight bond in middle school, and it's now paying dividends on the field.
"He was my quarterback in seventh and eighth grade at CMS (Carroll Middle School) and then for the few games I played on the freshman team," Allen said. "He's my best friend, and I had nothing but excitement for him when I got the news that he was going to be able to start this game!"
Allen enters this season as a three-year varsity starter. Owen's productive style of play makes it feel like he's picking up a first down every time he touches the ball.
His numbers against Highland Park kept that productivity trend going as he finished the game with 215 yards and two rushing scores, averaging 10.24 yards per carry.
Former Texarkana Liberty-Eylau and Oregon star LaMichael James even took the time to praise Allen's game as it was unfolding in front of a national audience.
"It just comes natural to me, so I try to build my run game off of just running hard. If I get lucky enough to get a few stiff arms or moves in there, I think it works pretty well for our offense," Allen said of his opening week performance.
Scouting Report: Allen is the type of player who may not wow in a combine setting. However, when the lights are the brightest, his in-game activity is undeniable. His patient running style and ability to hit holes with aggression lead to the chunks of yards that he can produce. Allen also rarely goes down on initial contact and can reach the second and third levels of defenses. Simply put, he runs hard with the football.
Allen is starting to arrive on some recruiting radars. SMU has been in contact and invited him to campus visits. Look for his recruiting stock to rise throughout the course of the season.
"I want to go somewhere where I can benefit athletically just as much as I can academically so that it can set me up for the years following my graduation from college," Allen said. "For now though, I'm in high school. I play for my high school team, and that's all I want to do right now."
DCTF Senior Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers contributed to this report.
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