Looks like Florida’s got a future at quarterback.
With Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier in attendance, Gator QB commit Jake Allen guided St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) to the 7A state championship. He threw for 329 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-6 beatdown of Plant High School (Tampa), including a 62 yard bomb to Mike Harley late in the third quarter to cap off his night.
For Aquinas, history was made last night. The win gives STA its tenth state championship, and for the first time in the school’s rich history, they’ve won the state title three straight times- the last two with Allen at the controls.
But for Florida, it looks like the sun is finally rising on the QB position after a long dark age. The Gators’ recent QB’s have struggled with various things, but all have shared the same inability to win. Allen, in simple terms, is a winner, a two time winner to be precise, and has proven to have no fear at the highest levels in which a high school quarterback could possibly participate in. He’ll bring that fearlessness and winning attitude to Florida, and I can’t wait to see what happens when he does.