No. 4 Allen and Guyer (Denton) face off in a Texas-sized showdown Friday, and this time it’s a district game after Allen won the last two years in non-district meetings.
Allen has scored more than 40 points in four of its six games and posted more than 30 twice.
Winning is nothing new to Allen, but there have been some changes. Terry Gambill replaced longtime coach Tom Westerberg in the offseason and quarterback Mitchell Jonke is the man under center after splitting time with transfer Seth Green a year ago.
Jonke is completing 60 percent of his passes, has throw for more than 1,000 yards in six games and has 13 total touchdowns — nine passing and four rushing. He has been pulled from a number of lopsided games.
Allen had its 57-game winning streak end in the playoffs last year, stopping a run of state titles.
In advance of the showdown against Guyer, Jonke spoke with USA TODAY High School Sports about the season, coaching change and his recent choice of Brown.
Q: What’s been the biggest difference with the coaching change?
A: I think the difference is personality, Coach Westerberg was more a laid back type of guy, whereas Coach Gambill is a fiery more intense type of coach.
Q: What has been the difference for you this year compared to last year when you and Seth were both getting time?
A: Competition is always going to be around, but last year I just learned to focus on the team and not my situation and help the team win the best I can, and I have carried that on into this year.
Q: Did the loss at the end of last year change the team at all when you were so accustomed to winning? Has it been motivation to get back to a state title?
A: I think all it served was motivation and a lesson on adversity, and how to improve.
Q: What helped make up your mind for selecting Brown?
A: Really it was just being comfortable, and that is where I felt most comfortable as a student and a player.