TUBA CITY, Ariz. — John Allan, running back for Tuba City High School, has helped the Warriors get off to their best start in years and his running has caught the attention of four year colleges.
Tuba City is off to a 2-0 start and hopes to have its first winning football season in several years. The Warriors finished 4-5 overall last year and fourth place in the Enchantment Conference.
Allan, a senior, opened the season with 239 yards against Williams and the following week he ran for 247 yards against Hopi High School. Northern Arizona University, Alamosa State, Adams State and Colorado State have expressed an interest in getting him into their football program.
Warrior Coach Kent Tomah said Allan is a well-rounded athlete and it’s just a question of which college can grab him first. “Josh is coachable and he works hard.. He’ll do whatever he’s asked. He’s fast and he’s got a good eye for the field. His running ability is something that you can’t teach,” Coach Tomah said. “It makes my job easy.”
Allan praises his lineman for opening holes which have allowed him to run for more than 500 yards in just two weeks.
“We had a good week of practice last week and we’re doing s good job through team work, “ he said.
Allan said Tuba City High School’s goal is to win the Enchantment Conference. He said Ganado, last year’s conference champ, will be the toughest team in conference to beat.
“Our guys are preparing. We’re dedicated and we’re committed to winning,” he said.
Allan credits Warrior Coach Tomah with having the team focused on limiting their mistakes.
“Teams will score on our mistakes. Our running backs did a good job of holding onto the ball against Hopi and we need to continue to do that, he said.
While Allan believes the conference crown will be between Tuba City and Ganado, he added that Monument Valley and Winslow cannot be taken lightly.
“We have to take it one game at a time,” he said.
Tuba City takes on Page in a non-conference game this week. Allan said in order to win this game the Warriors have to keep their mistakes to a minimum and the linebackers have to step up their defense.
Allan said he thanks his teammates for doing a good job this season and he thanks the fans and coaches for their support.
Allan said Coach Tomah has been influential in his life. “He’s given me guidance. He wants what I want. He’s not pointing me to one college. He’s acting as an advisor and encouraging me. He’s given me a lot of confidence and he’s turned this program around, “ he said.
Allan has also excelled in basketball and baseball, but he has also proven himself as a student as a member of the National Honor Society. He hasn’t selected which college he wants to attend nor what his major will be, although he’s considering sports. “I’m keeping my options open,” he said.
Allan jokes that he’s considering attending NAU because his mom, Ojay Allan is a student there.