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The place to be: Week 1 Texas football

9/9/2011

If you need a reason to get psyched for another week of Texas football, check out these sick jerseys that Euless Trinity will debut this weekend against Abilene. The Trojans will be the first high school team to wear the Nike Pro Combat uniforms that are taking college football by storm.

I'll talk more on Trinity and Abilene later, as I highlight the exciting slate of games in Texas:

Cocoa (Fla.) at No. 20 Skyline (1-0)

The magnitude surrounding this game is so big that they had to play it at Cowboys Stadium on Monday night. Coming to town is Cocoa, the No. 49 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 that had its 38-game win streak snapped last week by another out-of-state foe in Colerain (Ohio). The big matchup will be Skyline's high-powered offense against Cocoa's stingy defense. In their 47-7 opening win against Ridgeway (Tenn.), the Raiders scored on each of their first six possessions, as QB Devante Kincaide had five touchdowns — in the first half.

Most of the Tigers' attention will be on star wideout Thomas Jones, while Peter Jinkens will lead a Skyline defense that hopes to tame another opponent from the East.

Abilene (1-0) at No. 3 Trinity (1-0)

It's been 12 years since these two teams last met, with Abilene pulling out the win. The Eagles also draw momentum from a 77-13 victory against Hanks last week. But of course, Trinity has its reasons to be confident as well. Fresh off a 30-7 win against Lee (Tyler), the Trojans have the size, speed and skills to compete with anybody in the state. Needless to say, it should be a good one, as the 2009 Division I and II champions go head-to-head.

Hendrickson (1-0) at No. 6 Lake Travis (1-0)

Lake Travis showed why its won four straight Class 4A state titles in a 35-7 victory last week. When Colin Lagasse went down with an injury, Baker Mayfield stepped in to throw three touchdowns and find chemistry with top wideout Griffin Gilbert. The Cavaliers will be tested, though, by a Hendrickson squad boasting ESPNU 150 player Daje Johnson, who rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.

No. 15 Aledo (0-1) at Weatherford (1-0)

Aledo was shocked by Stephenville in its opener, 48-47, snapping a 38-game win streak. And what do you know, the last team to beat the Bearcats is...Weatherford. Aledo has some work to do after allowing so many points, but with Johnathan Gray leading the offense, there's much reason to believe the Bearcats will bounce back. Keep a special eye on Gray (you probably were anyway), who needs eight touchdowns to break the Texas state record for total career touchdowns at 146. And for those not familiar with the Longhorns commit, eight touchdowns in a game is nothing new.

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.