When it comes to season opening high school football classics, they don't get much bigger than the East Texas Football Classic. And a late edition to this years lineup, gives it a little national appeal. All eight teams were represented this afternoon at a press conference in Tyler. The teams have won a collective 116 games over the past two seasons. For the third straight year, an out-of-state team is participating. Las Vegas private school powerhouse Bishop Gorman is replacing Canton as Gilmer's opponent. The Gaels are the first Nevada team to ever play a high school football game in the state of Texas. Head coach David White admitted to not knowing a lot about Texas football.
"We're going to have to watch 'Friday Night Lights' again," said White. "That's the only way, and to be honest, that's the only feel, or the only connection my kids have to it, is on TV. None of our kids grew up in Texas, have been in Texas, so I think the excitement is going to make us be a lot more, we're going to work a lot harder and look forward to it."
Coach White and his Gaels take on Gilmer at 8:00, Thursday night, August 31 in game one. Game two on Friday, September 1 pits Lee against Lake Highlands at 8:00. There are two games on Saturday, September 2. Forney and Whitehouse kickoff at 10:00am. John Tyler wraps up the classic, hosting Texas High for the third straight year. That game is scheduled for 8:00.
Kevin Berns reporting.