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June 21, 2014

10 most intriguing high school football games of 2014


Officially today is the first day of summer and that means fall camp for most Texas schoolboy football teams is only about six weeks away.

With that in mind, let's take a sneak peak at 10 games involving local and area teams that seem very intriguing, at least at this early stage of things.

We'll scope 'em out in chronological order as it would be almost impossible to actually rank each game with so many unknowns floating around out there.


Aug. 29 — Troup at Rusk

First of all, thanks to both coach Dennis Alexander at Troup and Ted Patton down at Rusk for scheduling this game.

Fans of both teams should appreciate the renewal of this one-time rivalry that has been dormant since 1983 when Rusk blanked the Tigers, 21-0.

The Eagles control the overall series 21-6-3, but this game should be a competitive one.

According to Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine, the Eagles are projected to finish last in their district, while Troup has been tabbed for a third place showing in District 8-3A-II.

Coach Patton says his team better at home and nothing should be more pleasing for the Red and Black to be playing in Rusk on opening night (especially after the long drive to Terrell for last season's opener).

The Tigers are 1-1 on opening night since Alexander's arrival.


Aug. 29 — Pine Tree at Jacksonville

Thankfully the season lid lifter is not against perennial state power Carthage, a team the Tribe has faced for its last four lid lifters.

The Fightin' Indians of head coach Chris Taber will be looking to get off on good footing after finishing 0-10 last year.

The folks at Texas Football feel like the Pirates, who have a new head coach in David Collins this season, will come in sixth out of eight teams in District 14-5A; so while Pine Tree must be respected, they are far from being in the same league as Carthage.

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