By Joshua Koch
NEW CANEY – With his helmet still on, tears streaming down his cheeks, Marte Allison embraced his coach.
Allison placed his head on Brady Pennington’s shoulder following a 28-7 win against rival Porter on Friday at Texan Drive Stadium and just cried.
Winning the annual Battle Line on 59 game on Friday meant a few things for the Eagles – seven-straight wins in the all-time series and a share of the 2016 District 21-5A Championship.
“I couldn’t say anything,” Allison said with the tears still visible on his cheeks. “It was just I love you and thank you for letting me come here because I transferred over. Thank you for the opportunity.”
Overcome with emotion, Allison couldn’t say anything between the tears during the embrace but Pennington did.
“I love you brother,” Pennington said to his senior running back during the hug. “Great game. Hey you’re a District Champion right now. You’re not an out-right District Champion but we can get that next week but you’re going to share it right now. I love you.”
The last time New Caney accomplished the feat of climbing the mountain and standing atop of it at the end as District Champions – Adam Dunn was the quarterback, it was 1997 and Allison wasn’t born yet.
“It was time (to bring it back),” Allison said. “We had the team to do it. We had the team to do it last year but we fell short.”
When Pennington and staff arrived six years ago the mantra was “Be In the Playoffs” and eventually get to the point where they make the postseason year after year.
With reaching that goal, which the Eagles have now done in back-to-back years after being absent from the playoffs for 12 seasons, there was the possibility of winning a District Championship.
“The plan was put in place early, I expected it to happen,” Pennington said. “I didn’t know how long it was going to take but for it to come and be here and to at least share a District Title after tonight’s win I’m just proud for our kids and our community.”
Mr. 1,000 … Again
With his 21 carries for 175 yards and two scores, Marte Allison crossed some impressive statistical marks for the season on Friday.
Allison eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second-straight season, now sitting at 1,141 yards, and hit the 20-touchdown mark as well.
“It means I’ve had a great line in front of me the past two years,” Allison said.
Last season, Allison had a breakout season with the Eagles, rushing for 1,255 yards and 19 scores as a junior.
Heading into the final regular season game of his high school career, Allison as a New Caney Eagle has amassed 3,031 yards and 49 touchdowns.