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  1. Celina is really jelling and looking smooth. Looking like the old Celina when they were winning it every year. Carthage may return next year, we will see, but there are some much better programs setting up a great finale in this classification. I'm going with the Bobcats to win it all this year and their reign may be the new Sheriff in town.
  2. West vs. Mount Vernon- Now that is a great game with a great midpoint at Royse City ISD Stadium! Yep, I'm still wanting to see more playoff games here for these kids.
  3. West vs. Mount Vernon....now that is a great mid point for this game to be played at Royse City! I'm still wanting to see more games played here...should be a great matchup!
  4. Always tough losing for the first time in a long time. But calling out kids and saying they are the worst the program has had, is really not fair to those "kids". "Worst Offense", "Worst Defense", "Worst Offensive Line", etc., those are all demeaning and degrading terms that these hard working players are getting after a rare loss. Great game by China Spring, tough loss for Carthage....but that is as far as that should go in my opinion. Sometimes you have to win like a champion and you need to accept a loss as a champion. These children have been supported for their incredible efforts for a long time, they need support now more than ever. There will always be someone blaming the referees and blaming the coaches for a loss. And they will be there blaming a team for not winning by a large enough margin and even hear where a coach should be fired because he/she had a 9-2, 10-1 or 11-3 type season. Remember there are experienced kids on these teams that have won it all and they have now experienced losing for the first time, they need to understand that this happens. Don't get me wrong, pushing to be the best is a great avenue to fulfill dreams, but sometimes it is inevitable that we will stumble. Congratulations Carthage, awesome year and looking forward to many more of your successes. Congratulations China Spring, awesome year for you as well and by knocking off a great champion, hope you use that victory to your advantage and win a State Championship this season.
  5. Great win China Spring. Texas High School dynasties come and go and China Spring has a State Championship under their belt. Carthage has had a terrific run and they are probably not done, but secrets to success are sooner or later figured out and although they have received a kink in their armor, I'm sure they will probably make another run in the future. Going to be a coaches big job now to keep China Spring players focused after such a big win. And this the day that another dynasty falls when South Oak Cliff, a Dallas ISD school district, knocked off the Aledo Bearcats! Times...they are 'a changing.
  6. Cotton Bowl would be good, but heck they don't even play the Cotton Bowl at the Cotton Bowl any more...LOL!
  7. Watched Rockwall vs. West Orange Stark in the '80's at Kyle Field for the State Championship.
  8. Yes sir, watched Sealy vs. Commerce in '93 or was it '94 down at the old Baylor stadium.
  9. This is the stadium that started all of the artificial turf, thus the name from the "Astro"dome comes the word "Astro"turf. Earl was "old school" rock 'em, slobber knockin' on the old mud, blood and smell of the real grass field. And I'm not knocking all of the conveniences brought to the game that we play today. I think it is awesome that we can sit "inside" and watch a football game under a roof. I also think it is incredible that the schools can have a playing field that they do not have to mow and don't have to go out every week and push a line-marker full of lime and hopefully get the lines straight. It's wonderful that we can put a picture of our school's mascot in the middle of the field and it will be there forever, or until we have to replace the field with new carpet. I love the giant scoreboards that show instant replay and can be used to inspire and generate more excitement inside the stadium. I just miss old football, every now and then. And for which town it is played in, I guess it does not really matter.
  10. And yes, there have been other sports played in the State Capital as a symbol of State pride. Volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, track and football have all had their championships decided in Austin at one time or another. Maybe we need a "Capital City Dome" that is equivalent to "Jerry World" with all of the amenities that can host all high school sports within one complex. Austin in due a professional team in Basketball, Baseball and Football anyway.
  11. They tried it for the larger schools at one time. Then there was another time, before AT&T, that the UIL was looking into moving the site from one location to another. This question about holding it in the State Capital is not the first time, but since AT&T, this idea has gone away. And I don't blame them, I just like football played like it use to be played. I would keep the equipment the same, just play the game on grass outside.
  12. I get on here because we like to host playoff games, and I've been doing that on here since 2009. We do great things for kids and we want to keep doing great things for kids. Not advertising at all. But I'm just seeing the game move in another direction that I'm not too fond of. It is getting to the point that we don't see a football game on real grass anymore. But that is the direction that everyone is going, so we follow the leader. And we will continue to give everything we can to make sure kids are safe, are provided the best resources and make their fans and parents comfortable. Other than that, I really like how football use to be played...that's all.
  13. It's been a long time since they actually played the Texas High School Football Championships in the capital of Texas...Austin. I know how awesome it is to have the games played at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in a controlled environment and folks don't have to worry about rain, cold, heat, lightning, snow, etc., but it seems we are taking the elements out of the game. I'm old school, you could tell, but the game was designed to be played outside and in the weather. The game is evolving so much from the beginning of the invention of the game. Equipment has changed and that is good, because the athletes are much stronger, faster and conditioned. But then we took the actual playing field to make it artificial, added amenities such as huge stadiums with comfortable seats, extremely large and expensive scoreboards, suites to sell or rent to make the game more profitable, some schools with special buses for student/athletes/band/cheer, etc., and there are so many other changes being made for kids that now can be lured to schools that not only give them a scholarship, but a chance to be paid for their approval of sponsored sporting goods or for that matter, any number of things that children at a very young middle school age are now being recruited. Over the years, it has been slowly evolving, but now we celebrate a championship season by playing in a multi-billion dollar stadium. Have we already crossed over into a threshold of no return and is this ruining the game as we once knew it? But then again, I'm old school and before long the "old school" folks will be gone and there will be very little resemblance to the game that once was the greatest game ever played.
  14. Argyle has been in the high school football news a lot in the past 10 years, prior to that it was Stephenville for that prior 10 years before that. I think Stephenville has about completed their rebuilding decade and they are on the verge of going back to their glory years. I am going with Stephenville in this one, even though some may consider it a slight upset, others may be saying they are a higher ranked program this year and they should win. Stephenville 35 Argyle 31
  15. Bells 43 Holiday 33...Just like the success of the Bells Panthers. Seems like they, recently, have been in the running. Looks like a program in the making, one that we will be hearing more and more about in the future. Go Panthers! If you know where Bells is geographically located, they are in the hotbed of talent. Not far from Denison, Sherman, just down the road a ways from Denton and just a hop, skip and a jump from the Red River.
  16. Well, I got a good dose of Gladewater Bear therapy last Friday night in Royse City. The Bears wasted no time disposing of the number 9 team in the entire State of Texas, so if they make quick work of the number 3 team... I'm going all in! I will buy the Bear Ears, make Bear claw signs when I wave at folks, and promise to go into hibernation after high school football season. I'll paint a big 'G' on my pickup tailgate and stand and sing your school song when you play your State Quarterfinal game at Royse City ISD Stadium the next week. Go Bears!
  17. Absolutely. Was not aware that we were short staffed in the concession areas. 35 Minutes! Wow, that is way too long.
  18. Awesome game by Gladewater last night. I was very impressed with your offense. Out of respect for Grandview, your number 80 is a great player and even though you had some problems getting your offense going, please remember you were also playing a very good football team in Gladewater. That is a tough draw in the second round. Gladewater, you were nearly flawless last night. Your offense was clicking, your defense was making incredible plays and don't know if you noticed, but your time of possession in that final quarter was a great piece of coaching. The Bears had the ball nearly 10 minutes of the fourth quarter! We got your great tailback's name correct in the second half....Zay instead of Zah! LOL! Seriously though, the fans and the folks from both Grandview and Gladewater were incredible. Very nice people and true Texas High School Football fans. We hope you all had a great time and thank you so much for choosing our stadium for your playoff experience. Sorry if the streaming didn't work as well as expected, did not know there was a problem. Usually works very well....confused by what happened. Will be reporting the problem to NFHS and their streaming experts for sure. Best of luck to both Grandview and Gladewater. Great season Grandview and your run-through is one of the very best we have seen. To Gladewater, go get 'em Bears! We will be cheering you on and we hope you win the State Championship this year! God's blessings to all....
  19. Best of luck to the Bears and the Zebras! Odd combination of mascots, but I'm all for it! Would be great to see a real Bear and a real Zebra show up on the sidelines! RCISD Stadium has pulled off some great things for playoff teams, but.....this may be a hard task to accomplish. Not saying we won't try, but if you see a horse with painted on stripes and a real circus bear on a unicycle, well....you can just say we delivered! LOL! Go Bears! Go Zebras!
  20. This Friday it is Gladewater vs. Grandview....two powerhouse playoff teams! One of the best matchups in North Texas. Friday, November 19, 2021...7:00 pm kickoff!
  21. Gilmer, but Caddo Mills has a respectable team. The Foxes, may not be as athletic as they were last year, but they do have some key players that can create big plays. Turnovers, time of possession and a very good overall game by Caddo Mills could make it interesting. However without some of those breaks, Gilmer should be playing at Thanksgiving. Gilmer 41 Caddo Mills 27
  22. Cuero, Wimberly, Quinlan Ford, Aubrey, Pittsburg or Graham...? Don't know, but these are all interesting enough to keep and eye on.
  23. WELCOME GRANDVIEW AND GLADEWATER! Just one day away and the Stadium is looking great, the restaurants are smelling awesome, Buccees is thriving, we have the "Chain Crews" stretching out with the officiating crew. Our stadium greeters are excited to see our new friends. Our game announcer is tuning up and he plans on making this a game to remember, the clock keeper is alert and pumped up as well, our music coordinator has picked out great pump up songs (any requests...must be clean and no expletives, LOL!), our 40 second man is looking forward to this one, our spotters are cleaning off their binoculars, our statistician is sharpening his pencil, our TV crew is double checking our video equipment and the big screen scoreboard is sharp and ready for some live action as well as replay, our security team is keeping a keen eye out for anyone that might want to be a little too rowdy (LOL!) but at the same time make everyone's day a memorable one, our Stadium Manager is as busy as he has ever been just getting everything organized, orderly and very presentable, our concessions are getting fully stocked, our restrooms...many of them, are getting sanitized, shined and ready for everyone, our locker rooms are being spiffed up for these young men to have everything they need, parking lots are being readied and another very important thing, the Area Championship Gold Football is being polished and ready to be presented to the winning team. Hope everyone has a great game and an enjoyable experience!
  24. We have excellent Mexican on Main Street of Royse City. Arbeledos is my favorite, but there is also Alejandro's which I have not personally had yet, but I heard it was awesome. Smoke Sessions on Main Street as well, which is also State Highway 66 that runs through the "downtown" area. Smoke Sessions is BBQ and has been getting rave reviews by BBQ "experts" all around this area as well as Texas, a little pricey, but it is very good. Italian, yes we have Luigi's which is also no the main street in town. Always good and I recommend their pizza. We also have every common Pizza place that is around, but sit down good Pizza (out by our Walmart) is Palios. Neat little Pizza place with delicious food. Charlies, out by IH30 is home style food and Soulman's BBQ is also out on IH30 and only about a mile or so from the stadium. Of course, we have the famous Bucees which is just across the street from the stadium! Then we have your general fast food places like Whataburger, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Golden Chick, Jack in the Box, McDonalds's, Arby's and Sonic.
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