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As the season gets set to kick off in Texas this weekend, here are five things to watch:
Bishop Gorman vs. Cedar Hill
The biggest game of the young season in Texas will be the nation’s No. 3-ranked Bishop Gorman versus No. 5 Cedar Hill. The game will air Saturday on ESPN2 as part of the GEICO ESPN High School Kickoff.
Quarterback Tate Martell — an Ohio State commit — leads Bishop Gorman. Martell threw for 2,608 yards and 32 touchdowns last season. The Longhorns will lean on their dual-threat quarterback in Avery Davis. The Notre Dame commit accumulated 2,148 yards passing and 25 touchdowns, while running for 873 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Depending on who has the better day — Martell or Davis — will likely be the deciding factor.
Texas vs. The World
Beyond Gorman-Cedar Hill, Texas will face a number of tough out-of-state opponents in Week 1, including Allen vs. Hoover in the Landry Classic on Friday, the first time and out-of-state team has competed in the event. Allen has won five state titles and Hoover has won 11.
Also Friday, Southlake Carroll will face the No. 1 ranked team in Oklahoma — Tulsa Union. The Dragons have won eight state championships but none in 6A. The Redskins have won eight state championships, seven in 6A.
Shawn Robinson comes to DeSoto
The 6-foot-1 TCU commit is starting his senior year in a new uniform.
Robinson played his sophomore and junior season for Denton Guyer in 5A. Now, the four-star recruit will look to impress his new teammates as he plays his first game with DeSoto against Dallas Jesuit.
Robinson, a dual-threat quarterback, thrives in the read-option and can use his quick feet and elusiveness to make something out of nothing.
Longview vs. Lufkin
For the third time in less than a calendar year, Longview and Lufkin meet again. The two teams met twice last season with Longview winning both games. Longview eliminated Lufkin from the opening round of the 5A D1 state playoffs 31-10. Now, Lufkin gets a chance for revenge at its home stadium.
Terry Gambill takes over at Allen
The Allen game is also notable for the debut of new coach Terry Gambill, who replaced longtime coach Tom Westerberg.
Gambill was an assistant head coach for the 2008 state championship team and spent nine years with the program. He went 67-13 as the head coach at Waco Midway since 2010.
Now it’s time to see if Gambill can fill the void and take Allen to another state championship game.