ALLEN, Texas - Allen (Texas) High, the No. 1 team in the RivalsHigh 100, won on Friday night. By 32 points. The team, however, was far from happy about it.
"We were out of sorts tonight," coach Tom Westerberg said after a 45-13 victory over Lewisville (Texas) High. "That first half was not Allen football; it was not sharp."
Westerberg was the far from the team's biggest critic.
"Let's just be honest, I had a pitiful night tonight," star quarterback Alec Morris, said. "I was playing bad, my receivers were playing bad, it was not good."
Morris, an Alabama commit, was just 6-of-16 passing on the night. Those numbers could have and likely should have been better as two well-thrown passes were dropped in the end zone - as were two others on the evening.
"We had opportunities to make plays and we didn't execute," Morris said. "We are happy to leave with a win."
Such is the life of a top-ranked team: Never happy, never satisfied, always looking for ways to be better.
There were plenty of places to start at halftime after Allen went to the locker room with just a 14-10 lead.
"We had a little talk at halftime," Westerberg said. "We needed to regroup."
Running back Jonathan Williams, playing in just his second game of the year, put it another way.
"We got our butts chewed out," he said. "Coach told us all week not to come out sluggish and we did. We didn't come out firing."
They didn't get much of a chance.
Lewisville used a ball-control offense that limited Allen's possessions. Allen, in fact, had the ball only once in the first quarter.
It became its own worst enemy in the second quarter, when dropped passes and defensive mistakes made the game closer than it should have been.
In the second half, Allen went back to the basics. And back to Williams.
The Missouri commit, who has been hurt for much of the year, moved the chains and went over 200 yards in the game on the first drive of the second half.
He wasn't the only star. Fellow running back Jeff Harris scored three touchdowns in the third quarter pushing a 14-10 edge to a dominating 35-13 advantage.
"It felt good to get going," Williams said. "Last week I got to get some rust off and this was good."
All of the running backs, Westerberg said, were good.
"It isn't just Williams," he said. "We have three good backs. Harris had a nice night for us."
Morris was not shy about his happiness to have his playmaking back return.
"That is the great thing about playing on this team," Morris said. "If I am not on (Williams) can pick it up. That is certainly a comfort level that gives us an advantage."
It gives the team balance that many others around the country do not have.
"If they try to stop the pass, we can run it," Williams said. "If they load up on the run, we will pass it. We just go to work."
A dominating 30-point win isn't a bad day on the job.