DQ Blog

Aug 25, 2010

High school coaches don't shy away from brutal openers

Unlike the majority of college football coaches on this planet who love to schedule opening games against colleges with directions in the school name for an easy win, high school coaches in our area this year have stepped up with big-time opening game challenges.

Life on opening night doesn't get much better when coach Eddie Metcalf and his Class 1A power Stratford Elks hit the road to meet defending Class 2A state runner-up Bushland on Friday night.

Over at River Road, the Class 2A Wildcats and coach Bryan Welps host the Class 1A Canadian Wildcats. Canadian has appeared in three consecutive state championship games and will see Chris Koetting make his head coaching debut after several years as a Wildcat assistant.

How about the annual Class 3A Perryton vs. Class 4A Dumas game in Dumas on that new turf field? This game is usually a wild one.

Then in Dick Bivins Friday night it's the 49th meeting between Class 5A Tascosa and Class 4A Palo Duro. Tascosa leads the series 24-23-1 and last year won a wild overtime game. While the AHS-Tascosa gets the hype as THE rivalry of Amarillo, the players in the PD-Tascosa game know this game is just as intense.

I applaud our coaches in this area for not backing off opening night and challenging their players.

Don't you wish college coaches would do the same? The BCS has those guys held hostage because an early loss is suicide in the rankings. Still, I'd love to see college coaches step their game up when it comes to openers.

Let me know your favorite legit matchup of opening football weekend in the Texas Panhandle.

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