RICHARDSON, Texas -- Highland Park coach Randy Allen earned his 300th career victory Friday night.
With only seconds to go in the game, multiple players sneaked up behind Allen and poured the ice bucket over him in celebration.
The Scots defeated Richardson Pearce, 41-27, at Eagle-Mustang Stadium, bringing a win to their coach who has remained humble throughout all the hype of this notable milestone.
“If you look at the coaches that have gotten here before, it is a real honor and it is hard to do. These Highland Park Scots have won almost half of them, so I’m very proud of them,” Allen said after the game.
Richardson Pearce played its heart out, but the Scots never let the Mustangs have the lead and continued to fight for the win for their coach.
“He has been with so many great teams and he will always remember this game as the 300th win, and so in the future it is going to be really cool to see how we were the team that helped him get that,” Highland Park quarterback Brady Burgin said.
Allen is now tied with Gregory-Portland’s Ray Akins for 10th all-time in the state of Texas.
“It’s been unbelievable," Highland Park offensive coordinator Grayson Wells said. "It’s been a great ride and we hope to continue on and maybe hit another state championship or two. I’ve learned so much with him and not just about coaching, but about character and being a good man.”
Highland Park (7-0, 4-0 10-4A), No. 2 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 4A area rankings, took the early lead when Charles Hubbard scored on a 38-yard pass from Burgin. The Scots scored again on Jackson Hauser’s 1-yard run at the end of the first quarter, making it 14-0.
Pearce (2-5, 0-4) soon followed with Kedron Banks’ touchdown, but the Scots answered with a 37-yard field goal by Nick Rose and touchdown by Preston Miller to make it 24-6.
The Mustangs wouldn't go away, however, as the teams continued to trade scores. J.R. Griffin's fourth-quarter touchdown catch pulled Pearce within 34-27, threatening to put Allen's milestone victory on hold.
But the Scots would not be denied, as Hauser's late touchdown run sealed Allen's 300th victory.