When the Grandview Zebras took the field Thursday afternoon to defend their state title, they knew their quarterback would play an instrumental role in guiding them into the Texas high school football history books, yet again.
Proving his dominance, Dane Jentsch stole three things on Thursday from Pottsboro: a gold medal, an offensive MVP plaque, and a defensive MVP plaque.
Or was it only two things?
Shortly after the game, in the midst of tears, cheers, and pictures galore, Jentsch was spotted giving his offensive MVP plaque to a teammate who he felt deserved the award in senior running back Tremayne Gullatte.
Gullatte was equally phenomenal in the Zebra win, accounting for 95 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Instead of stealing the award from his teammate, “The Jentsch that stole Christmas” gave it away.
It would have been easy for Jentsch to take his awards and carry on, and no one would have blamed him for it. However, that isn’t Dane Jentsch. And that isn’t the Grandview Zebras.
A team and community that has given back to their own from the very start of this season in the wake of an accident involving one of their teammates, Ja’Kobee Crownover, I am not the least bit surprised that they, and he, continued their giving ways on the grandest stage in all of Texas high school sports.
So, while the narrative that “The Jentsch did steal Christmas” may be true in Pottsboro, it is not so in Grandview.
Jentsch started his legacy in Grandview last season, and he cemented it this year. Although it might not have been for winning back-to-back state titles like many think, but instead for giving back to one of his own teammates.
Something that Grandview has done all season long.
Lee Tyer just completed his first football season as a sports correspondent for the Times-Review. Follow him on Twitter (@lee_tyer).