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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Skyline to face national power in Herbstreit Classic

By Ethan B. Szatmary

Skyline has accepted an invitation to play perennial national power Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in the Kirk Herbstreit Classic at Cowboys Stadium on Labor Day.

“I think it means that people are starting to think we’re a pretty good program,” Skyline head coach Reginald Samples said.

St. Thomas Aquinas, the alma mater of Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin, went 15-0 in 2008 and was named national champion by USA Today. The school went 13-1 last season under coach George Smith.

Meanwhile, Skyline had one of the most talented teams in recent history in 2009, compiling a 12-1 record with 11 boys signing Division I letters of intent. In 2010, Samples will be replacing most of his starters.

“Without a doubt, we’d have liked to have this game this year,” Samples said of the matchup with St. Thomas Aquinas. “The thing about it is, any time you play a team like that regardless of what happens, it’s a great measuring stick for the program. We’re looking forward to it. I know everybody thinks we’re depleted, but we’re going to surprise some people.”

The game is part of a quadruple-header for the Herbstreit Classic. In other action, Denton Guyer plays Cedar Hill, DeSoto takes on Arlington Bowie and Euless Trinity faces Arkansas power Shiloh Christian.