WHEN MEDIA OUTLETS FAR from the Lone Star State report on Texas high school football, it’s often with a “can you believe
it?” tone. That’s been especially true in recent
years, when the boom of high school football
facilities made news across the country.
The common theme in those national
stories: “That’s just Texas high school football.”
It’s hard to argue with that. Allen plays in a
$60 million stadium, the Katy ISD has a $57
million football stadium under construction, and
some schools’ indoor practice facilities are nicer
than those of big-time college programs. When
it comes to high school football, the saying “it’s
bigger in Texas” is both a cliché and a fact.
But football in this state isn’t just about
size. And you don’t get a complete picture of
Texas high school football by watching two
large schools play in a huge stadium with an
enormous crowd and a monstrous jumbotron.
Texas is huge, without a doubt, and more
than a dozen of its schools have enrollments
of over 5,000. But more than half of the state’s
high schools have less than 1,000 students.
And those schools can have just as much
football star power as their larger neighbors.
Senior quarterback Jack
Dallas is a larger-than life-
figure at West Orange-
Stark High School.
WHEN IT COMES TO
FINDING THE TOP PLAYERS
IN THE STATE, BIGGER DOES
NOT ALWAYS MEAN BETTER
BY MATT WIXON
Texarkana Liberty defensive end Lagaryonn
Carson, one of the nation’s top talents, will be
blowing up backfields once again this season.
The high school near the Texas and Arkansas
border has put eight players in the NFL.