If you’re a follower of this site, you know that we are unabashed proponents of Texas High School Football. The game that shapes the lives of so many young men reaches its conclusion for 2018 with the State Championships at Jerryworld this week. It’s a must-see for football fans in this state. Games run from six-man on Wednesday, building up to the 6A mega-school final on Saturday night and everything in between. For fifteen bucks a day plus concessions, you can camp out and enjoy high school football while having the run of one of the great sporting venues in the world.
Here are a few other reasons to make the drive to Arlington this week.
Gruver uses the old Houston Gamblers Logo
An incredible lowkey design comes to life as the defunct USFL Houston Gamblers logo is reborn with the Gruver Greyhounds. The Greyhounds are making their first-ever state title appearance on Wednesday night in the 2A Division II title game. Gruver will do all that with some sweet lids that feature the old Gambler’s logo with a slight change; the star moves up to the tiptop of Texas, where Gruver’s located, instead of the southeast Gulf Coast.
Matchups from one end of the State to the Other
Gruver is just north of Canadian; the Wildcats are a small school juggernaut, attempting to win their first state title in 3A when they take on Newton in the 3A Division II final on Thursday afternoon. Newton is right on the edge of the Texas/Louisiana border. Six hundred miles separate Canadian and Newton or roughly distance between New York City and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Newton by the ways boasts two TCU commitments for the 2019 class in Darwin Barlow and Josh Foster.
The Dad-Gum Slot-T
If you’re a fan of the blue-collar slot-T, then check out Liberty Hill on Friday afternoon in the 4A Division I title game against Waco LaVega. The Panthers ground and pound offense will take you back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when the forward pass was a dangerous proposition that no one wanted to have any part of.
The Mason Punchers are going to run a sweet wing-T offense. It’s a beautiful mixture of cross-action and counter movement that will confuse camera operators as well as defenses. They play New Deal at 11 am on Thursday morning in the 2A Division I final.
Pearland’s Shadow Creek didn’t have a fight song until this year. The Sharks are playing their first year of varsity football, are playing Highland Park for the 5A Division I state title on Saturday morning. The Sharks are such newcomers that Dave Campbell’s Texas Football picked them sixth in their district. All they’ve done is win every one of their fifteen games, including wins over Friendswood, Angleton, and Richmond Foster.
Beaumont Westbrook ended powerhouse Austin Westlake’s playoff run last weekend in Katy. The Bruins will make their first run at a state title since 1982, oddly Westbrook’s first year in existence as well. They’ll play Longview, a BEAST Texas staple, in the 6A Division II title Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Duncanville knocked off Allen in the state semifinals in the 6A Division I bracket. Allen, of course, has some 6,000 students to choose from and was ranked number 1 in the nation among high school squads. Duncanville didn’t give a rip. The Panthers jumped on the Eagles early and often to punch their ticket to Arlington.
New Deal’s Jett Whitfield has thrown for 2,248 yards and run for another 1,934 yards and scored 62 total touchdowns. Has there ever been a kid named Jett that wasn’t a good athlete?
Waco LaVega’s Jared Rogers is a four-year contributor for the Pirate defense; he’s accumulated 634 tackles, 29 TFL, 11 sacks, 11 INTs, 8 FF, 6 FR and four defensive touchdowns in that time.
Aledo’s Jace McClellan is bound for Oklahoma, and the running back has 44 touchdowns to his credit this season.
Chandler Morris from Highland Park is the son of Arkansas head coach Chad Morris. This season he’s followed in the footsteps of another blue blood John Stephen Jones in leading the Scots to the title game. Morris has thrown for 3,748 yards and 43 touchdowns while adding 632 yards and 20 touchdowns rushing.
North Shores quarterback Demetrius Davis has thrown for over 3,800 yards, 38 touchdowns, and just two picks while completing 71% of his passes.