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Allison Aiming to Build on Big-Time Performance in Week One

Pass Christian opened their season with a 34-31 win over rival Long Beach last Thursday, in what turned out to be one of the most thrilling games of week one. The score was 10-7 in favor of Long Beach at the half, but the two teams combined for 48 points in the final two quarters of play.

Junior quarterback Dustin Allison - considered one of the best returning signal callers along the Gulf Coast region of the state - torched the Bearcats’ defense to help the Pirates earn the imporantant, season-opening win. He scored three touchdowns on the night, with two coming on the ground and another through the air. He threw for 237 yards and added another 106 on the ground.

“It was a good game,” Allison told SES Mississippi. “There were times we could have just shut down. We fought hard and the game was just exciting to play in.”

Allison saw time behind center as a freshman, tossing four touchdowns that season, and then again last season as a sophomore when he took a step forward. Last fall he threw for nearly 900 yards and eight scores. But coming into his junior campaign, he knew he would have to take another step.

Still, he had confidence in his teammates around him despite having to replace some lost production.

“I just had a lot of confidence with the team, which led to a great night,” Allison explained. “It all started with my offensive line, without them nothing would have been able to happen. I’ve been working hard all summer, doing drills and going to camps. I’ve also go the receivers that work hard every day and want to get better.”

Despite the exciting fashion in which Pass was able to gain their first win of the season, Allison isn’t losing sight of the fact that it’s just 1-0. And that win only confirms how he and his teammates felt about themselves and their chances this season.

“We know how good we can play, so we can’t take a step back. We can only go forward from here,” Allison noted. “We can’t be too confident with that win. We have to come to practice every day and work hard like we’ve been doing all summer. We got that first win under the belt, so now we just have to keep it going and not get lazy with anything.”

Being from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as a budding young quarterback, Allison naturally likes to keep an eye on New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees. In fact, the Super Bowl champion signal caller is his favorite athlete. And when he tells you why, it’s hard not to think back to the clutch performance Allison put on in the second half last Thursday night.

“He never lets a bad play affect his game, and he always believes in his team,” Allison said of Brees.

This Friday Allison and the Pirates will host the Lanier Bulldogs as they seek to move to 2-0.

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