Texas high school football begins tonight with games here and there, but it begins with a serious bah-bang on Friday night.
The FW/d area game of note I'm curious to see is Aledo against Stephenville. Aledo is the two-time defending state champs and has a cache of starters returning, most notably RB Jonthan Gray, who is a UT commitment without the Longhorn Network carrying any of his games. Who knew? According to Dave Campbell's Texas Football, Gray is one of the state's best running backs ... ever. No, this discussion can never include Earl Campbell. The Bearcats went 16-0 last season, which is better than the Patriots or the Dolphins in their attempt to be perfect.
Stephenville reached the state quarters last season and return 18 lettermen, but only four starters on offense. If the Yellow Jackets win on Friday it's because RB Aiavion Edwards goes nuts.
"This is a fun game and it's an exciting game," Stephenville head coach Joe Gillespie said. "I know they are a measuring stick game for us but I'd like to think we are a measuring stick as well. But our non-district schedule is all playoff caliber teams. These are fun games to be in because there are no district implications with it, and there is some stress taken away from it right there and gauge where your team is."
This thing has rout written all over it. Aledo is that good. But it's not a district game, so even if it's a blowout there are no big losers. Game 1 of a season is usually the worst game for a head coach because even if he has a lot of guys back he has no idea what his new team is actually going to do.
"You would think with all of the returning starters we have coming back you'd have a pretty good idea of what we're going to do but until you play you really never know," Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said.
Aledo wins, but the game I'm really looking forward to is when it plays Austin Lake Travis on September 9.
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