BRADENTON -- The Booker Tornadoes came out of the locker room pumped up Friday night, looking to prove they belonged on the same field as the heavily favored Southeast Seminoles.
However, by the end of the night all that remained of the visiting team were sore bodies and looks of frustration at the hands of Southeast's dynamic junior tailback Courtney Allen.
The 5-foot, 7-inch speedster followed his blocking brilliantly all night, hitting all the right gaps and utilizing his 15 carries to the tune of 175 rushing yards, 164 of which came in the first half, during Southeast's 42-6 victory.
The Seminoles improved to 2-1, while Booker fell to 0-3.
Coach Paul Maechtle summed up Allen's performance simply: "He's got some speed, some wheels, and I thought he was able to run well both inside and out tonight."
Allen's used the whole field, often beginning a run toward the outside only to cut back in, momentarily disappearing behind his blockers, only to emerge untouched scampering toward the end zone.
This wore down a Tornado team that may have spent its energy too early, inspired by a captain-like performance from junior athlete Marlon Mack, who started off the scoring with a 58-yard touchdown run.
Mack was clearly exhausted as the spark plug for a team that gained only 169 total yards, and his 108 total yards show how valuable he is to the Tornadoes.
Southeast forced its will on Booker from the first score on, responding to Mack's run with a special teams triumph in the form of a 50-yard punt return touchdown from Frank Brice.
Then, Allen took over. He ripped off long runs to set up touchdowns of 2, 2, 5 and 12 yards before the half, giving Southeast a 35-6 lead going into the break.
While Allen showed off a skill set that mirrors Oregon tailbacks like LaMichael James, it was the Southeast linemen that set the tone for their 42-6 victory.
After their scoring drive, Booker quarterback Alex Riddle was hounded all night by a relentless defensive line that allowed him to pass for only 38 yards total.
While Booker battled and held its own in the first half, Southeast and their well-oiled offense were too dominant to stop.
Quarterback Myles Braxton-Johnson played selflessly, controlling a run-first offense that showed attention to detail and a team mentality.