Allen quarterback Mitchell Jonke has made some remarkable plays during the 2015 season, but some of the best have come right at the goal line. In fact, two in the playoffs in particular have channeled one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history: Denver Broncos QB John Elway’s helicopter-twirled leap into the end zone against the Packers.
The video you see above comes from Allen’s first round playoff matchup against Byron Nelson High. The game ended as a 50-14 Allen rout, but Jonke’s star turn came long before the contest was such a whitewash, with Jonke going airborne at the tail end of a naked bootleg to the right. The junior took off all the way back at around the 2-yard-line and was given a twirl by a Byron Nelson defender. He lost the football, but it was immediately recovered by a teammate (and appeared to come after he had already crossed the goal line).
Anyone who thinks that Jonke might have learned from the punishment he took on that one touchdown run doesn’t really know Jonke. A week later, the quarterback again found himself scrambling in the red zone against DeSoto. He knew that the Eagles needed a score, so he went airborne and again was sent head over heels as he hurtled into the end zone in a game in which every point was precious: A 41-40 Allen victory.
Two weeks, two key touchdowns on Elway-esque red zone scrambles. Is Jonke the new clutch commander in Texas high school football? Time will tell, but so far the playoffs are shining the spotlight rightfully on his star power.