What he did: In a 52-34 victory over Wichita Falls, he scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 57-yard interception return in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, he scored on a 95-yard interception return.
Who is he? A 5-10, 180-pound junior safety.
The stats: Two interceptions returned for touchdowns.
He said it: â€œWe were really looking to improve on forcing turnovers. With our defensive line getting good pressure, itâ€™s just a matter of being more aggressive.â€
Coach said it: â€œHeâ€™s a physical kid who can hit, and heâ€™s good with the ball when he gets it. Getting those big defensive plays really sparked us.â€ â€” Mike Young
Did you know? In his final junior varsity game, after coaches decided to move him up to varsity last season, Mitchell suffered a dislocated elbow while making an interception. Having previously dislocated the same elbow, he has worn a protective brace all season. â€œIt was heartbreaking,â€ he said of the injury. â€œComing into this season I was kind of nervous about not breaking it again.â€ â€¦ Mitchell can play anywhere in the secondary. After playing receiver and cornerback his first two high school seasons, he was moved to safety because of his physical play this season. â€¦ He runs the 200 meters in track with a personal best of 23.1 seconds. â€¦ He enjoys playing the piano, anything from classical to pop. â€œI canâ€™t read music but I pick up songs off YouTube,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™d say my favorites are Beethoven and Chopin.â€
Congratulations to Roman Mitchell!