For most of the Texas Class 5A-I semifinal game, it appeared that DeSoto was on its way to a berth in the title game, and quarterback Desmon White on his way to Player of the Year honors.
Enter Allen quarterback Kyler Murray.
Murray capped a furious comeback with a 24-yard touchdown run to help Allen pull out a 42-35 victory in one of the more memorable playoff games in recent history.
He then led Allen to a much easier victory over Pearland to help the Eagles capture their second-straight Class 5A-I title.
For his efforts, Murray is the 2013 MaxPreps National Football Player of the Year.
On the season, Murray completed 207 of 325 attempts for 3,669 yards and 46 touchdowns. Equally deadly with his legs, he rushed 151 times for 1,274 yards and 19 scores.
Only a junior, Murray will be back next fall to help lead Allen on its quest for a third consecutive state title.
For now, he leads an impressive group of 2013 MaxPreps All-Americans. Most of the young athletes are among the top recruits in the country according to 247Sports
, and will go on to become integral parts of their college programs of choice
MaxPreps 2013 All-American Football TeamsFirst Team OffenseWR – Damarkus Lodge, 6-2, 185, Cedar Hill (Texas), Jr.
Lodge's coach, Joey McGuire, believes he could be the best player in the country. Given his production as a junior, he's certainly in the discussion. He made 71 catches for 1,256 yards and 21 scores.WR – Trey Quinn, 6-2, 180, Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), Sr. (LSU)
The nation's all-time leading receiver, Quinn made 88 catches for 1,581 yards and 18 touchdowns.WR – Allen Lazard, 6-3, 215, Urbandale (Iowa), Sr. (Iowa State)
The three-time Des Moines Register Elite selection caught 49 passes, 16 of which were for touchdowns.
TE – Nic Weishar, 6-6, 225, Marist (Chicago), Sr. (Notre Dame)
The Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time all-state selection, Weisher made 93 catches for 1,090 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is the state's all-time leader in receptions.OL – David Sharpe, 6-8, 300, Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.), Sr. (Florida)
The Florida commit was a Times-Union first team all-area pick.OL – Cameron Robinson, 6-5, 335, West Monroe (La.), Sr. (Alabama)
Robinson, who is on his way to Tuscaloosa, was a Class 5A first team all-state pick.OL – Jaden Gault, 6-7, 305, Monona Grove (Monona, Wis.), Sr. (Wisconsin)
Gault was a runner-up for overall state Player of the Year honors and helped lead Monona Grove to a 14-0 season.OL – Kc McDermott, 6-6, 300, Palm Beach Central (Wellington, Fla.), Sr. (Miami)
McDermott, a four-year starter, once again earned all-area honors in leading Palm Beach Central's offensive line.OL – Damien Mama, 6-5, 353, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), Sr. (Undecided)
Mama powered St. John Bosco to an Open Division Bowl Game title and was the Los Angeles Times Lineman of the Year.QB – Kyler Murray, 5-11, 175, Allen (Texas), Junior
The best player on one of the country's best teams, Murray led Allen to a Class 5A-I state title by completing 207 of 325 passes for 3,669 yards and 46 touchdowns while rushing 151 times for 1,274 yards and 19 scores.QB – Will Grier, 6-3, 190, Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.), Sr. (Florida)
Grier completed 314 of 446 passes for 4,989 yards and a state record 77 TDs. He also rushed 115 times for 1,252 yards and 13 TDs.
RB – Elijah Hood, 5-11, 215, Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, N.C.), Sr. (North Carolina)
The UNC commit took home Charlotte Observer Offensive Player of the Year honors after rushing 351 times for 3,640 yards and 53 touchdowns.RB – Leonard Fournette, 6-1, 225, St. Augustine (New Orleans), Sr. (LSU)
Fournette was the Times-Picayune All-Metro Player of the Year after compiling 3,697 yards and 25 touchdowns, including 2,859 yards from scrimmage. He rushed 188 times for 1,802 yards and 17 scores.RB – Racean Thomas, 5-11, 195, Oxford (Ala.), Sr. (Auburn)
The 4A-6A Player of the Year by the Anniston Star, Thomas rushed for 2,221 yards and 32 touchdowns.ATH – Jaquez Parks, 6-1, 195, Griffin (Ga.), Sr. (Undecided)
The All-Classification Player of the Year according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Parks passed for 3,640 yards and rushed for 1,329 yards, compiling 45 total touchdowns in helping Griffin to an undefeated season.K – Cole Hedlund, 5-10, 170, Argyle (Texas), Sr. (Arkansas)
Hedlund, the national record holder in career field goals, connected on 23 of 25 attempts, with a long of 52 yards.First Team DefenseDL – Andrew Brown, 6-4, 290, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.), Sr. (Virginia)
Brown earned All-Tidewater Player of the Year honors after tallying 18 sacks and 30 tackles for loss.DL – Myles Garrett, 6-4, 240, Martin (Arlington, Texas), Sr. (Texas A&M)
The Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year, Garrett made 81 tackles, 19.5 sacks and blocked four kicks in the regular season.
DL – Da'Shawn Hand, 6-4, 265, Woodbridge (Va.), Sr. (Alabama)
The All-Met Defensive Player of the Year, Hand recorded 16 sacks and led Woodbridge to a playoff berth.DL – Lorenzo Carter, 6-6, 230, Norcross (Ga.), Sr. (Undecided)
For state champion Norcross, Carter was the Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year made 132 tackles and six sacks.LB – Tre' Williams, 6-3, 220, St. Paul's Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.), Sr. (Auburn)
The Press-Register Defensive Player of the Year made 119 tackles, becoming the school's all-time leader.LB – Raekwon McMillan, 6-2, 242, Liberty County (Hinesville, Ga.), Sr. (Ohio State)
An all-state pick and the Savannah News Defensive Player of the Year, McMillan tallied 159 tackles and eight sacks.LB – Dante Booker, 6-4, 220, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio), Sr. (Ohio State)
Booker earned Division 4 Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as Mr. Football honors, making 109 tackles on the season.LB – Christian Miller, LB, 6-4, 200, Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.), Sr. (Alabama)
The only Mr. Football finalist from the defensive side of the ball, Miller made 188 tackles and 24 sacks.LB – Jashon Cornell, 6-5, 265, Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.), Jr.
Cornell, who has drawn favorable comparisons to Aldon Smith, led Cretin-Derham Hall in sacks and was a first team all-state selection.
DB – Adoree' Jackson, 5-10, 170, Serra (Gardena, Calif.), Sr. (Undecided)
Jackson, a first team all-area pick by the Los Angeles times, did it all for Serra. He caught 38 passes for 812 yards and seven scores. Defensively, he hauled in six interceptions. He was the Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Year.DB – Jabrill Peppers, 6-1, 205, Paramus Catholic (N.J.), Sr. (Michigan)
Peppers played all over the field for Paramus Catholic, and earned first team all-state honors for the second straight season.DB – Budda Baker, 5-10, 170, Bellevue (Wash.), Sr. (Oregon)
Baker was the all-classification Player of the Year after helping Bellevue to yet another Class 3A state title.DB – Marlon Humphrey, 6-0, 180, Hoover (Ala.), Sr. (Undecided)
An all-Metro and all-Area pick, Humphrey made 44 tackles and broke up seven passes for state champion Hoover.P – Corbin Daly, 6-3, 190, Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, N.C.), Sr. (North Carolina)
Daly was a first team all-state selection and a U.S. Army All-American.Click 'Next' for the Second Team offense and defense.