Only in Texas can you already have a week of high school football games under your belt and still be in "Week 1" of the season. The addition of "zero week" football has given teams from around the area the chance to play an extra game, while also giving fans the chance to see football a week earlier.
It's safe to say the decision has been a win-win for everyone involved. Last week's Colleyville Heritage-Duncanville thriller was a perfect example of why the extra week won't be going away anytime soon. The battle of the Panther teams produced a 3OT game that ended with Colleyville Heritage coming out on top, 58-52.
Week 1 -- or is it Week 2? -- in the Metroplex is sure to produce another set of great games. Here are five worth watching:
Colleyville Heritage (1-0) vs. Hebron (0-0): It's hard to tell what Colleyville Heritage team will show up this week. After the 3OT game against Duncanville, you have to wonder if the energy and emotional toll of the game is going to leave them flat against one of the better defenses in the Metroplex.
Quarterback Jeff Calvert had six touchdowns last week, but it's safe to say he won't have the sort of freedom against Hebron. DB David Jenkins is one of the harder hitters in the area, so sending the Heritage receivers over the middle wouldn't be advised.
While Heritage won't have to face Ealy this week, they definitely need to shore up the defense that allowed 50-plus points to Ducanville. It's impossible to succeed when you're putting that much pressure on the defense.
Look for Heritage to hang with the Hebron until late before running out of gas. Hebron quarterback Kyle Aubuchon should have a big game against a porous defense.
Guyer (1-0) vs. Cedar Hill (0-1): A high school football game on Labor Day?! Why not! Two of the top quarterbacks in state will be on display when Guyer's J.W. Walsh and Cedar Hill's Driphus Jackson go head-to-head at Cowboys Stadium in a game that's sure to produce some fireworks.
Jackson accounted for over 400 yards of total offense last week in a 33-27 loss to Allen. While the season is long, Cedar Hill -- a state semifinalist last year -- should play this week's game as a must-win. Head coach Joey McGuire should be commended for ratcheting up his schedule, but it could backfire on him.
Walsh is the top quarterback in the country and could produce a number of problems for the Cedar Hill defense. He picked apart Waxahacie last week in a 45-7 drubbing, and he could do it again this week against a better opponent. Look for Guyer receiver Quintavia Gardener to have a big game against the Cedar Hill secondary.
Southlake Carroll (0-1) vs. L.D. Bell (1-0): Could the dream run at Southlake Carroll officially be over? It looks that way after one week. With no quarterback experience to speak of -- Daxx Garman was ruled ineligible to play this season -- Carroll saw what it's like to be on the other side of the fence, as Copperas Cove took the wood to the Dragons, 35-14.
If there's another team in the area beside Cedar Hill facing a must-win this week, it's Southlake Carroll. While Dragon quarterback Drew Ahmuty's first start was the big story last week, the lack of defensive pressure had to be story 1-A.
L.D. Bell's Kenneth Farrow rushed for 242 yards in a win last week against Mansfield Legacy, and he'll have a chance to cut up a Carroll defense that's still licking its wounds. It's hard to go against Carroll when their backs are against the wall; but don't expect them to run away with this one, either.
Arlington (1-0) vs. Coppell (1-0): A rematch of this 2009 playoff game -- won by Arlington on a late field goal --could be the best game of the week that you haven't heard about.
Arlington's receiver-turned-quarterback, Miles Onyegbule, is the biggest name in the game. He accounted for five touchdowns in last week's win and will be keyed on all entire night by a veteran Coppell defense.
Coppell has their own weapon in running back Cam Mcdaniel; he rushed for 218 yards in a win last week against Mesquite Horn, and it's a safe bet that his number will be called early and often to keep the Arlington offense off the field.
While Coppell blanked the opposition last week, expect a shootout between these two teams, with Arlington coming out on top for the second straight year.
West Mesquite (1-0) vs. Wylie (1-0): It really doesn't matter what Wylie brings at West Mesquite quarterback Trevone Boykin, there's a pretty good chance he'll be able to handle it.
Look for the top dual-threat quarterback in the state to do what he did last week against Rockwall -- carrying his team to victory.
While Wylie had a successful start to the season in zero week, the defense will have a heck of a time containing an offense with Boykin at the helm.
Pick: West Mesquite