Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
finished last season in
miraculous fashion. A last-second touchdown pass gave them a 29-28 victory over
Muskegon and their third straight State Championship. Few teams can say they
have won multiple state titles, and even fewer players can say the same. But
next season, running back RaShawn Allen
will be looking to accomplish something
only a handful of players have ever accomplished: a clean sweep, winning four
State Championships in his four years at St. Mary’s.
Allen has been on St. Mary’s varsity team since
he was a freshman in 2014. While he had limited playing time that season, his
role on the team has grown more and more each year. Last season, Allen exploded
for 2,131 rushing yards—a school record—and 28 touchdowns. He was a key part of
St. Mary’s third State Championship run. Now, looking towards his senior year, his
role is expected to grow again.
“My role for the 2017 season is to help lead my
team,” said Allen. “This year leadership will be relied on heavily with a
younger team. We have a lot of talented younger guys stepping up to the plate
this year. As a captain, it is my job to be a great leader.
At 5’9 210-pounds, Allen is an extremely tough
runner. He has the strength and balance to break through tackles and the speed
to take it to the house. Allen can run in-between or outside of the tackles,
and does a good job of being patient, reading his blocks, and then bursting
through the hole.
“I would say my strengths would be my vision
and low center of gravity,” said Allen. “My vision and awareness allow me to see
holes opening and be able to cut naturally. Having a low center of gravity
helps me balance and break away from tackles, especially at an angle.”
Allen currently holds offers from Army, Navy,
Ohio, Temple, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Youngstown
and Holy Cross
. He is also being heavily recruited by several MAC
, as well as Purdue, Michigan State,
Schools are also taking notice of Allen’s work
in the classroom, and rightfully so. He has a 4.26 GPA and is thinking about
studying business or engineering in college.
Despite the hype surrounding him this offseason
and the pressure to repeat, Allen is focused on continuing to get better.
“I have been working tirelessly to improve my
craft in every aspect,” said Allen. “I’ve been working on route running and
slot work to help diversify my game and allow me to be a more productive back.”
It can be tough for players to find the
motivation to keep working to get better after having such a successful season
that ended in a State Championship. However, for Allen, it just comes
“My natural competitiveness makes me strive for
greatness. I am a very competitive player who competes every time on the
field,” said Allen.
Allen has had an unbelievably successful career
thus far and will undoubtedly have success wherever he ends up playing in
college. But for now, his goals are clear, and he is keeping his eyes on the
prize this season.
“My goals for the 2017 season are to win the
Catholic League Championship and help my team to its fourth straight title,”
Allen’s mission to win a fourth straight title
and complete the clean sweep begins on August 24th
, when St. Mary’s
will take on the Macomb Dakota Cougars at home.