For a trio of kids that already hated to lose, they said coming home to a grumpy dad after a loss was never something they looked forward to. But still, they said they've grown to understand the value of those experiences.
"It's helped us handle a lot of things on and off the field," Bryson said. "To come home, especially if you're struggling in a certain spot, and have him to be like, 'Hey, I saw this during the game,' and we'd go out and work on it. Having somebody who's always there to help you is amazing in itself."
But when dad got to be too much, the Allen kids always had someone to turn to in times of trouble: their mother Robin. As Bryson put it, they had "the comforter" and "the enforcer."
"You've got to have both," Garry said.
UNITED THROUGH TRAGEDY
The Allen family was dealt a devastating loss last September when Robin died unexpectedly, rocking the entire Mineral Wells community.
The local fire chief, Allen was an absolutely beloved member of the community and a loving mother and wife to her family.
"She was like everybody's mom," Bethany said. "But we were lucky enough for her to be our mom."
"Anybody that needed any comfort, whatsoever, she was there to give it to them," Bryson said. "That's who my mom was."
Robin's comforting presence was vital to the Allen kids' development into the players and people they are today.
"When we had a bad game we came home to her, we didn't come home to him," Bethany joked about her dad. "My mom didn't care whether we did bad or good, she was just happy we participated."