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February 7, 2014

Scholarships split up New Castle’s Allen twins

NEW CASTLE — Fraternal twins Drew and Stew Allen have been teammates ever since their tadpole days at the YMCA more than a dozen years ago.

Now they are ready to go their separate ways — kind of.

While they both are headed to Pittsburgh to attend college and play football, it won’t be together. Stew accepted an offer from Duquesne University, and Drew opted for Robert Morris University in Moon Township. Those are rival schools in the Northeast Conference, which means the brothers will oppose one another for the next four years.

Their father, whose full name is Stewart Drew Allen, said it was time for the boys to choose their own road.

“The have their own identities to establish,” he said.

“I remember having one of them with me in the car years ago and how excited he was to have his dad all to himself. It made me realize how they always had to share everything, even attention.”

 Drew and Stew seemed pleased with their choices and the changes it might bring.

“Of course we’ll be in touch on a regular basis,” said Stew. “I’m sure we’ll be texting each other often.”

“We’ll be able to get together, too,” said Stew, who noted that city buses run regular routes from one campus to the other.

Drew, who considered going to Duquesne with his brother, didn’t make his final decision until midnight Tuesday.

“It’s going to be different being an individual instead of Stew’s brother,” Drew said.

There could be pending collisions coming for the brothers as Drew will be part of the Colonials’ secondary while Stew is projected as a tight end for Duquesne.

“It will be fun playing against him,” Drew said. “I can’t wait to tackle him.”

As for their parents, Stewart Allen and Shonda Smith, there is a strategy already in place. “If one has a home game and the other is away, we’ll go to the home game,” said dad.

“And if they’re both playing at home, we’ll just have to split up.”

 While Cowart was thrilled that so many of his prize seniors would have opportunities to play at the next level, he was also getting ready to refill the holes that would be left.

“It’s hard to imagine what New Castle football will look like without the Allens,” Cowart said. “They’re just awesome competitors.”

(Email: d_burcham@ncnewsonline.com)

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