Allen powers Buhler past Cheney
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Riley Allens playing status for Friday may have been in question to those outside of Buhlers football program and even some inside it but Allen decided a week ago that he would play.
After Andale beat us, Allen said.
Whether it was the right decision, long-term, for Allen to play after battling ankle injuries most of the season, it certainly looked wise on Friday. Allen rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the Crusaders 34-12 win at Cheney in a Class 4A-District 13 game.
Buhler, which could reach the playoffs by beating Nickerson next week, held Cheney scoreless into the fourth quarter and leaned on Allen heavily before removing him early in the third.
A lot of it was to get him confidence, Buhler coach Steve Warner said. We knew he could still run; he was limited in the things that he could do. He couldnt play full-speed he was about 85 percent but we wanted to get him ready for down the road.
Allen didnt play last week in a 28-21 loss to Andale, Buhlers first of the season. A senior, Allen wasnt going to let his final opportunity to play in the postseason pass him by even though he may lack the explosiveness that makes him so crucial to the Crusaders offense.
That burst didnt totally abandon Allen on Friday he had runs of 50 and 40 yards but mostly operated between the tackles and enabled Buhler to control the ball for much of the first half.
At one point, Allen had six straight four-yard runs. Four of those came consecutively in a 10-play touchdown drive that broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter and ended with Allens 2-yard plunge.
Allen entered the game with the knowledge that he wouldnt serve as a workhorse, but he got 24 carries even though his last one came with nearly 21 minutes to go.
The (offensive) line knew that, too, so I was trying to get them hyped and ready to play, Allen said. Send me for a long touchdown, get the blocks right so I can cut off of them. (Limited use) was definitely in my mind.
Allen rushed five times in Buhlers six-play scoring drive to start the second half, a continuation of the momentum the Crusaders built near halftime.
Despite controlling the first half, Buhler couldnt manage a lead on Cheney until less than three minutes remained in the half. Allens first touchdown finally provided a spark, though, and during Cheneys next drive Buhler used timeouts in an attempt to build on that score before halftime.
The Crusaders didnt need much extra time, though. A blocked punt turned into another touchdown, and with Buhlers defense virtually shutting down the Cardinals, a 14-0 lead seemed monumental.
Allen and Buhlers offense kept attacking, outgaining Cheney 374-185. Buhler went ahead 28-0 on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Jace Williams to Connor Ridder.
Its good for everybody to have (Allen) back, Warner said. Our teams back together. Were full-speed and everybody is getting better.
|Buhler (7-1, 1-1)||0||14||14||6||||34|
|Cheney (5-3, 1-1)||0||0||0||12||||12|
BAllen 2 run (Wolf kick)
BWhitson 10 blocked punt recovery (Wolf kick)
BAllen 1 run (Wolf kick)
BRidder 65 pass from Williams (Wolf kick)
BBranscom 15 run (kick failed)
CAmsink 1 run (kick failed)
CAmsink 1 run (run failed)
RushingBuhler, Allen 24-184, Branscom 7-48, Williams 4-12, Wedel 2-6, Wolf 1-3, Potter 4-(-1). Cheney, Amsink 13-77, Trego 16-57, Grover 6-18, McGuffey 3-13, Payne 6-10, Hicks 1-4, Heck 1-3, Dome 1-2, Deaton 1-0, Wheelock 1-(-8).
PassingBuhler, Williams 6-13-112-0. Cheney, Amsink 1-3-19-0.
ReceivingBuhler, Shantz 3-29, Ridder 1-65, Branscom 1-16, Wolf 1-2. Cheney, Johnson 1-19.