DeMatha's Mark Allen (1) carries the ball against Calvert Hall in September. The junior will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. (Doug Kapustin/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

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. 

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