Thursday, Sept. 12 – Longview (Texas) vs. John Tyler (Texas)
8 p.m. on ESPN2 from Tyler ISD – Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler, Texas
• Longview is the defending 6A DII state champion, coming off an undefeated season in 2018. Senior QB Haynes King, son of Head Coach John King, is the No. 1 ranked QB and No. 18 ranked player in the country (Texas A&Mcommit).
• John Tyler went 10-3 last season, advancing to the 5A D1 quarterfinals (losing to eventual state championHighland Park by one TD). The Lions return the No. 85 player, DB Kitan Crawford (Texas commit).
Friday, Sept. 13 – No. 7 IMG Academy (Florida) vs. No. 11 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)
7 p.m. on ESPN2 – venue to be announced.
• St. Joseph’s Prep went undefeated on their way to a 6A state title and a No. 6 national ranking in 2018. The Hawks enter the season ranked No. 21 nationally, with a very talented junior class, including No. 35 Kyle McCord – QB (Ohio State commit), along with the sons of two NFL All-Pro’s, No. 87 Marvin Harrison and No. 130 Jeremiah Trotter Jr. – OLB.
• IMG Academy enters the season ranked No. 8 nationally, with 10 ESPN 300 and ESPN Junior 300 ranked players including seniors: No. 27 Demonte Capehart – DE (Clemson commit), No. 41 Elias Ricks – CB (LSU commit), No. 229 Warren Brinson – DT (Georgia commit), No. 253 Lejond Cavazos – S (Ohio State commit) and No. 277 Jordan Butler – DT (Vanderbilt).