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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Watch out, Evangel. Texas rules the gridiron

I was raised on Earl Campbell and Luv Ya Blue, rooted hard for Andre Ware and David Klingler in my teens and lost gasser after gasser to LaDainian Tomlinson in college (making me seriously rethink my future as a running back). Yes, I'm a Texan, from Houston.

As such, this is undeniable to me: the best football played on Fridays and Saturdays can be found only in the Lone Star State.

The proof will come again Friday, when powerhouse Texas program Lufkin High School, one of the nation's five best teams according to polls that chart those sort of things, makes its way to Evangel on Friday night.

Look, Evangel had a nice little run in the late 90s and early 00s. West Monroe has an awesome tradition and even better teams. LSU did steal away with the BCS title (but not a decisive national championship) in 2003. Kudos.

But let it go, Louisiana. Same for you, Florida and California. "Friday Night Lights" wasn't set in Bossier City for a reason, you know?

Now that pass is no longer a four-letter word (um, maybe it is) in Texas, the strength of our numbers, tradition and passion for the game makes it hard to deny that the nation's strongest state in its favorite game is only a few miles to the west.

Heard of Vince Young, only the most dynamic college football quarterback of the past decade? That Tomlinson kid went on to become arguably the NFL's best running back. Texas Tech is home to the country's most feared and innovative passing attack.

Evangel will find out who rules the gridiron the hard way Friday. The Eagles will find out again two weeks later when they take on Southlake Carroll, a program that has won 3 of the last 4 Class 5A state titles in Texas.

It's simple: not only are things bigger in Texas; they're better.


Blogger Scott Ferrell said...

Re: Texas Tech passing game.
Two words: Roll Tide

10:43 PM  
Blogger Joel Anderson said...

Two and a half words: Hook'em Horns.

4:53 PM  

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