After an eight month or so hiatus, high school football is back and the reigning 5A State Champions Southlake Carroll Dragons traveled Friday night up Highway 121 to Allen, home of the Eagles. Allen, like Southlake, has one humongous high school, and they have more than 5,000 students (20% of which are in their magnificent band). Better yet, they have the newest and one of the largest high school stadiums in the country, seating 18,000. Since we bring a horde on our travels, 21,766 tickets were sold, meaning quite a few were without a seat.
The stadium is top notch, and at a cost of $60MM, it should be. It is up there with many mid-level college facilities; indeed with the high school next door, the whole area had the feel of a college campus.
As for the game, despite having our starting QB and RB return, the Eagles were too fired up for us and gave their new stadium a great debut, as the home team won easily 24-0. Early days yet of course and it will take more than this loss to erase the wonderful memories of the 2011 Championship.