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Like so many other activities in the region of Texas swamped by Hurricane Harvey, kickoff for the state's high school football season this weekend is in jeopardy for many.
As of Monday, three days before the official start of the season, more than 75 games had already been cancelled.
The list includes one of the headliners of the opening week, Westlake (Austin)
at national No. 20 Katy
Further cancellations or site changes will likely be needed.
Best wishes for those living through one of the most devastating hurricanes the state has experienced.
Here is a look at some of the top match-ups for Opening Weekend.Lake Travis (Austin) 0-0 at Judson (Converse) 0-0, 8:35 p.m. Friday
Only six starters return for Hank Carter's Lake Travis club that captured the Class 6A Division I state crown a year ago. But with six state titles in the last 10 seasons, the Cavaliers are capable of rebuilding quickly. Junior receiver Garrett Wilson
had 699 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. Judson, a six-time state champion (most recently in 2002) handed Lake Travis its only loss in 2016 (35-28) and returns dynamic quarterback Julon Williams
. Judson was eliminated by Westlake (Austin) in the second playoff round last year 24-21 in overtime.
Lancaster 0-0 at Ryan (Denton) 0-0, 7 p.m. Friday
Lancaster quarterback Trevor Hatton
accounted for over 3,700 yards of offense and 44 touchdowns in a 12-2 campaign last fall. Ryan boasts a sensational quarterback with even better statistics in Spencer Sanders
(56 touchdowns and over 4,300 yards). Sanders has orally committed to Oklahoma State. Ryan's only loss in a 14-1 season came when injury forced Sanders to leave the game. Ryan took last year's Lancaster game, 35-23.Lufkin 0-0 at Longview 0-0, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Two traditional East Texas power renew their rivalry for the 80th time with the host Lobos holding a 38-37 advantage (four ties). Both were bounced from the playoffs a year ago by one point in the opening round. Longview returns 12 starters and appears to be going with a young offensive backfield. However, talented tight end Jaylin Brown
will be a security blanket. Lufkin, a 35-24 winner a year ago, boasts a deep receiving threat in Malik Jackson
, verbally committed to the University of Houston. Cedar Hill 0-0 at Allen 0-0, 7:30 p.m. Friday
In the last five seasons, these two teams have combined for five state titles and six state final appearances. Carlos Lynn makes his debut as Cedar Hill head coach with 10 returners, including speedy receiver Joshua Fleeks
, a Baylor pledge, from an 11-3 regional finalist club. Allen went 14-1 and reached the state semifinal playoff round a year ago in Terry Gambill's first season as Eagles head coach. Highly sought-after offensive lineman Trey Strattford
, pledged to UCLA, will play a big role in Allen's attack.Belton 0-0 at Temple 0-0, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Separated by 10 miles, this rivalry lives on even though the schools are in different classifications. Belton went two rounds in the Class 6A playoffs last year and new head coach Sam Skidmore has a productive runner in Bryce Julian to build around. Temple reached the Class 5A state title game while winning 12 games thanks in part to an imposing defensive front built around Robert Jackson
, who made 71 tackles with 11 sacks a season ago. Central (San Angelo) 0-0 at Abilene 0-0, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Both sides must replace 16 starters this fall. Central won its first 12 games a year ago including a 63-26 rout of Abilene in last year's opener. Maverick McIvor
shifts from receiver to quarterback for the Bobcats. Abilene rebounded from last year's start and won 11 games, battling eventual state champion DeSoto on even terms in a 49-45 regional semifinal playoff loss. Wide receiver Raekwon Millsap
figures to be a key cog in the Eagles' passing attack.Westlake (Austin) 0-0 at College Station 0-0, 2 p.m. Saturday
In a hastily arranged match-up caused by Harvey cancellations, Class 6A power Westlake will go against one of the top Class 5A programs. Westlake, a state finalist in 2015, went 11-3 a year ago with two of its losses to rival Lake Travis (Austin). Among the Chaparrals 16 returning starters is running back Nakia Watson
, a Wisconsin pledge. College Station returns dynamic quarterback/wide receiver Marquez Perez
from a club that finished 14-1 last year and reached the state semifinal playoff round. Gladewater 0-0 at Carthage 0-0, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Two solid East Texas Class 4A programs square off on opening weekend. The visitors will count on running back Isaiah Davis
, who gained over 1,200 yards and scored 19 touchdowns in the Bears' 8-3 campaign in 2016. Carthage, which captured the school's fifth state title last fall, counters with a superb runner of its own in University of Texas pledge Keaontay Ingram
who accounted for over 2,900 total yards and 25 touchdowns.Mart 0-0 at Lexington 0-0, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Coming off a 12-1 campaign with versatile quarterback Jace Terry
in tow, tradition-rich Mart is receiving consideration as a team to watch in Class 2A. But opening night against Class 3A Lexington will be a tester. Kirk Muhl's Eagles made the regional finals with an 11-3 record last year thanks to returning quarterback Walker Hess
' 3,389 passing yards and 44 touchdowns. Monahans 0-0 at Wall 0-0, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Class 4A Monahans went 9-3 a year ago and returns running back Tylan McCalister
. Wall made it to the state semifinals in Class 2A last year and returns 15 starters, the most prominent being running back Tymber Carr
and quarterback Brock Rosenquist