For generations, millions have gathered around the local bleachers on Friday nights to bring in the pageantry and pride surrounding the boys of fall. Stunning moments have since turned to legendary memories and storylines have grown as quickly as the colossal structures in which they are developed in.
With less than a month until a new chapter of football begins, those stadiums stand empty in anticipation of the return of Americas greatest game. The undisputed kingdom of high school football, the land of bluebonnets and first-round draft picks, is back for another year.
However, this year Game On Sports is changing the way that Texas High School football is consumed every Friday night. Technology has evolved to allow live football action and analysis instantly to the palm of your hand, no matter where you may be. And there is no better year to start the new age of High School football coverage than 2018.
Last season, the traditional powers dripped with success and new giants rose to grab their share of the crown.
Randy Allen and Highland Park, a perfect marriage that has produced the winningest program, the third-winningest coach in Texas football history, and a second-straight state title, returns for another season. The run was capped off by an all-time classic 53-49 championship win over Manvel.
The giants of Allen are locked-n-loaded to make a run at another state championship behind Terry Gambill and what seems to be college-level talent at every position.
But much has changed since the lights at AT&T Stadium flipped off for the final time in December. Many houses in the kingdom have new rulers and plenty of talent turnover.
Southlake Carroll returns to the family lineage that brought so much success in the 2000s. Riley Dodge attempts to coach the Dragons to championship heights much like his father, Todd, did before leaving in 2007.
Denton Ryan has to find a way to replace the arguably the best quarterback in program history with Spencer Sanders. However, 4-star Oklahoma commit and Colleyville Heritage transfer Drew Sanders may help expedite that transition.
And even the for-mentioned Allen and Highland Park offenses have huge pieces to replace. The Scots have to replace the production of John Steven Jones but have Chandler Morris (son of Arkansas HC Chad Morris) who has already been offered by Clemson without starting a high school game taking over under center.
Successful programs like Mansfield Legacy, led by two-way star Jaylon Catalon look to take the next step and bring home a title.