Note: All games are non-district and begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise indicated.
Gunter at Van Alstyne
Where: Panther Stadium
Broadcast: www.guntertexas.com; mixlr.com/va-panther-football
2019 Records: Gunter 15-1; Van Alstyne 7-5
Series: Van Alstyne leads 10-8-1
Last meeting: 2007 (Gunter won 41-0)
Players to watch: Gunter: QB Hudson Graham, LB Mitchell Brewer; Van Alstyne: RB Jaden Mahan, LB Conner Loftice.
Notable: This was scheduled to be a scrimmage but both teams lost their Week 1 games due to COVID-19 restrictions (Gunter was to play Sunnyvale; Van Alstyne was to face Life Oak Cliff … Gunter is the defending Class 3A Division II state champion while Van Alstyne is moving up to Class 4A Division II this season … Van Alstyne head coach Mikeal Miller enters his 12th year leading the program, matching Roy Jackson’s 12-year run from 1952-63 for the longest in school history while Gunter head coach Jake Fieszel is entering his 14th season with the Tigers.
Bells at Whitesboro
Where: Bearcat Stadium
2019 Records: Bells 9-4; Whitesboro 7-5
Series: Whitesboro leads 10-4-1
Last meeting: 2001 (Bells won 20-7)
Players to watch: Bells: RB Bo Baker, DL Drake Stephens; Whitesboro: RB Devon Price, LB Jacob Smith.
Notable: Outside of the back-to-back meetings in 2000-01, this will be just the third time the teams have played since 1969 … A win by Bells would be its seventh straight regular-season victory, the most for the program since it started 1997 7-0 … Whitesboro will be looking to win its fourth-straight season-opener.
Tom Bean at S&S
Where: Ram Stadium
2019 Records: Tom Bean 4-7; S&S 1-9
Series: Tied 14-14
Last meeting: 2017 (S&S won 28-14)
Players to watch: Tom Bean: QB Ryan Weems, LB Patrick Fitzgerald; S&S: RB Joey Baggs, DL Edgar Aguilar.
Notable: S&S has won the last five meetings. Tom Bean’s last victory in the series was 2012 … Tom Bean has won its opener just once since 2013; S&S has won its opener just once since 2014 … Tom Bean will be trying to make the playoffs for a third-straight season, which would match a school-best streak.
Howe at Callisburg
Where: Wildcat Stadium
2019 Records: Howe 3-7; 0-10
Series: Howe leads 10-3
Last meeting: 2017 (Howe won 21-0)
Players to watch: Howe: RB Jalen Thornton, DL Jackson Adkins; Callisburg: WR Cobey Montgomery, DL Auston Cowger.
Notable: This is the first time the match-up is a non-district game since 1989. Callisburg’s last win in the series was in 2007 … Howe will be trying to end a three-year playoff drought this season … Callisburg’s new head coach is former Whitesboro head coach Eddie Gill.
Pottsboro at Community
Where: Braves Field
Broadcast: KZRC 96.1 FM / www.citylinktv.com/channel/durant-mix-tv/
2019 Records: Pottsboro 15-1; Community 5-6
Series: First meeting
Players to watch: Pottsboro: QB Braden Plyler, DL Silas Barr; Community: RB Tyson Neighbors, DB Paul Testa.
Notable: Pottsboro enters the season ranked No. 3 in the Class 3A Division I statewide poll … The Cardinals set a school record for points last season, averaging 45 per game … Community has made the playoffs each of the past two seasons, the first time the program earned back-to-back postseason berths since moving up from the six-man ranks in 1970.
Whitewright at Clarksville
Where: New Century Club Field
2019 Records: Whitewright 5-6; Clarksville 5-6
Series: Whitewright leads 2-1
Last meeting: 2019 (Whitewright won 21-20)
Players to watch: Whitewright: QB Kayden Carraway, DB Aaron Pitt; Clarksville: WR R.J. Owens, DL Tylik Williams.
Notable: This is the third straight season the teams have opened the season against each other … Whitewright will be trying for back-to-back playoff berths for the first time since 2010-11 … Clarksville is trying to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season, which would be the second-longest streak in program history.
Collinsville at Blue Ridge
Where: Tiger Stadium
2019 Records: Collinsville 6-6; Blue Ridge 7-5
Series: Collinsville leads 20-5
Last meeting: 2017 (Collinsville won 14-7)
Players to watch: Collinsville: QB Luis Hernandez, LB Thomas Mendell; Blue Ridge: WR Lucas Jenkins, DB Utah Porath.
Notable: Collinsville has won seven straight in the series and 12 of the last 13. Blue Ridge’s lone victory in that span came in 2005. That was also the last time this was a non-district contest … The Pirates will be trying to reach the second round for the third time in four years. The last time they made the third round was in 2013 … Blue Ridge is coming off its best year since 2015 and just the third time since 2003 it won at least seven games in a season.
Petrolia at Tioga
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Bulldog Field
2019 Records: Petrolia 3-7; Tioga 3-7
Series: First meeting
Players to watch: Petrolia: OL Brett Briscoe, LB Caleb Henderson; Tioga: RB Ryan Montgomery, DB Logan Westbrook.
Notable: A win by the Bulldogs would give them two straight season-opening victories. The last time the program accomplished that was 1934-35 … Tioga has made the playoffs five of seven seasons since restarting football in 2013 … Last season under a new head coach, Petrolia improved from 0-9 to 3-7. The Pirates have just one winning season — 2016 — since 2003.