DeMatha junior tailback Mark Allen will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL in his right knee, Stags Coach Elijah Brooks said. Allen, who recently orally committed to Penn State, will undergo surgery Thursday, and Brooks said the timeline for Allen’s recovery has yet to be determined.
Allen, DeMatha’s leading rusher with 682 yards, suffered the injury during the Stags’ 40-7 win Oct. 13 over St. John’s. Brooks said Allen got his foot caught in the turf, and the player’s knee twisted awkwardly as a result.
“It was a very freak play,” Brooks said. Allen “didn’t get hit.”
Allen did not play in the Stags’ 62-0 win against Carroll on Oct. 19.
Two days before the game against St. John’s, Penn State assistant Larry Johnson visited DeMatha’s practice to observe Allen and a few other Stags players. The report Johnson sent back to Penn State Coach Bill O’Brien precipitated the Nittany Lions offering Allen a scholarship Oct. 15. Allen orally accepted the offer – his first – the same day.
With Allen out, expect No. 5 DeMatha (7-1, 3-1) to rely more in the coming weeks on sophomore tailback Taiwan Deal and freshman tailback Lorenzo Harrison. The Stags play Saturday at Gonzaga (6-2, 3-1) in a contest that likely will decide home field advantage in the first round of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs.