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Stephenville was stunned by Prepa Tech in its season opener.

In an upset of international proportions, Prepa Tech (Monterrey, Mexico) stunned Stephenville (Texas) 27-17 on Friday night.

Stephenville, which made it to the regional finals in the Class 4A-II playoffs last season, began the year as the No. 1 team in Class 3A according to rankings compiled by the Associated Press.

It is believed to be the first time a top Texas program has lost to a Mexican team.

According to editor Christopher Lyke, the victory by Prepa Tech should not come as a total surprise.

"The more the Mexican teams play these teams like Allen, Copperas Cove, Stephenville and Stony Point, the better they get. And they have become accustomed to these challenges," he said. "They gave Allen a scare a couple years ago—did the same to Copperas Cove last year. And now you have the Stephenville result, which is a major upset in the eyes of many. But it shouldn't be much of a shock the more you follow them."

Prepa Tech lost handily to The Woodlands and Highland Park a season ago and were underdogs to a Stephenville squad that returned the likes of quarterback Tyler Jones and receiver Brice Gunter.

Earlier this week, MaxPreps documented the rise of international games and the strides being made by teams in Canada and Mexico.

Stephenville will look to bounce back against Aledo, while Prepa Tech will attempt to slay another Texas giant when it takes on Highland Park (Dallas).