Top 10 Local Sports Stories of 2010: #6 Big, Little BravePosted: Updated:
We continue our top ten countdown of best local sports stories of the year, with number six. We all know the type of season the Kamiakin Braves football team had, finishing second in state. One of its players in Senior Jon Allen, an undersized defensive end, helped the Braves reach the title game.
He claims he's 5'10... 5'10 and-a-half. Head coach Scott Biglin believes senior defensive end Jon Allen is more like 5'8...5'9. The roster on game day lists him as 5'11. The only number everyone agrees on, his sack total. This third year player holds the school record with 35 career sacks (Currently 38 career sacks). A record previously held by former Brave and Washington State linebacker Al Genatone.
Allen said, "It's alright I don't care if I'm small. I mean everyone else is pretty much bigger than me. I'm used to it. So... If he puts me down a couple inches it's not that big of a deal."
Biglin added, "He's got god given ability and talent. He's a specimen.. And he works hard. He's our best player. He's the best player in the league."@
Allen responded by saying, "One of my advantages would be my speed. And maybe even how small I am because I can get past all the big guys. So I believe that's something that can definitely help me to get to the quarterback and get all my sacks."
He finished up the 2010 campaign as the Big 9 3A Co-Defensive Player of the year, and a first team all state selection in 3A. Allen is the current Braves sack king, with 38 career sacks.