After helping guide Allen to a Class 6A Division I state championship as a junior, Tisdale built off that success with another lengthy playoff campaign while posting career-best numbers practically across the board.
The raw numbers stack up among the top dual-threat passers in the state, with Tisdale passing for 2,466 yards, rushing for another 1,214 and totaling 47 touchdowns. Within those passing totals, Tisdale took on a greater volume in pass attempts and still managed to increase his completion percentage by 4.4 percent (65.8-70.2) and was picked off only four times.
“[Tisdale] did a great, great job of ball security,” said Terry Gambill, Allen head coach. “A lot of times, people say you should have thrown the football here or there, but at the same time, he never did anything to put the Allen Eagles in a bad situation. He probably had one of the best percentages of ball security and not turning the football over in high school football.”
Posting a record of 44-2 over three years on varsity, including a 30-1 mark as a starter, Tisdale’s growth from his junior year reflected mostly in his preparation, Gambill said.
“I thought he grew both mentally, physically and overall being the quarterback that it takes to win at this level,” he said. “I think one area he really grew was how to prepare. I think the game became slower for him.”
That reflected not only in Tisdale’s ball security, but his ability to punish opponents both through the air and on the ground. In leading Allen to a seventh consecutive appearance in the state semifinals, Tisdale tallied nine games with at least 80 rushing yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry.
“Grant could hurt teams with his legs as well. He was a true dual-threat quarterback who could put a lot of pressure on teams,” Gambill said. “Whoever we played, they were very aware that Grant Tisdale could hurt you.”