Senior quarterback Brandon Boyd and junior running back Brent Tucker led the seventh-ranked Allen Academy football team to a 57-0 victory over No. 6 Huntsville Alpha Omega on Friday night at Baker Field as the Rams clinched a playoff berth and home-field advantage to start the postseason.

“It’s a great feeling overall tonight,” Allen Academy head coach Adrian Adams said. “We came in with a goal knowing that if we win that we would get a share of the district championship, and we get a home playoff game, so these guys were really motivated to where we came out and we played our game tonight. We had a nasty taste in our mouth from last year. We’ve been waiting for this moment right here from all last year going into spring football then summer, and now here we are doing what we intended to do. It feels good.”

The Rams (9-1, 4-1) hit the ground running, scoring on the first play from scrimmage as Boyd rumbled for a 65-yard touchdown run.

Allen Academy then stopped Alpha Omega (6-3, 3-2) on defense with a fumble recovery by sophomore defensive tackle Luke Meadows in opposing territory. The offense cashed in on the turnover as junior tailback Brent Tucker ended the 43-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run.

“It helps a lot going with the pace that we have on offense to spread the ball all over, and to have not only our offensive line but our running game keep the defense on their heels is fun to see and be a part of,” Boyd said.

The Allen Academy defense stood stout throughout, making Alpha Omega punt four times, causing a pair of turnovers and holding firm on a key red-zone stand.

Boyd threw a 90-yard TD pass to junior running back Elias Chapa to help the Rams build a 41-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Boyd finished with four TD passes and two TD runs, while Tucker had two TD runs.

Allen Academy’s first-round matchup in the TAPPS 6-man Division II playoffs is still to be announced.

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