LAST YEAR’S CLASS 5A DIVISION I championship drew 54,347 fans to AT&T Stadium, officially breaking the record for largest crowd to watch a
Texas high school football game. Other records
set that day include an unofficial one: Most inconsequential fourth quarter in a 5A title game.
Allen rolled up nearly 700 yards of offense
and never punted in its 63-28 victory over Pearland. The Eagles averaged 12 yards per play,
which is astounding in any football game and
flat-out ridiculous when a championship is on
the line. After the game, Pearland coach Tony
Heath defended his team better than it could
defend Allen’s spread offense. If anyone slowed
Allen down during the 2013 season, Heath
said, it wasn’t for long.
That was true for Allen, and it was true for
many of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s top offenses last year. They spread out defenses, and
on the season’s final weekend, they spread the
championship wealth. Argyle, Denton Guyer,
Aledo, Allen and Cedar Hill won the final five
games in the UIL’s football showcase.
Defenses played a big part, of course. But the
success of the DFW teams, all of which scored
more than 30 points in their crowning victo-
ries, was another reminder of how the spread
offense has helped North Texas become the
state’s current power center.
TEAMS FROM THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH
area have won eight of the last 12 UIL football
titles in 4A and 5A, the two largest classifications before this fall’s debut of 6A. In the last
10 years, DFW teams have won 22 of the 40
championships in 4A and 5A, an exceptional
run in a state with 268,820 square miles and
football stars sprouting in every corner.
But back in the late 1980s, right after Plano
shined bright, and into the early 1990s, when
Odessa Permian had its most Mojo momentum,
the Friday night lights were a bit dim in the Metroplex. From 1989 through 1995, Dallas-Fort
Worth teams won a combined four titles in 4A
and 5A. In ’ 89 and ’ 91, DFW didn’t even have
a team in a championship game — at any level.
But big things were happening about 75 miles
southwest of Fort Worth, where Stephenville, a
football doormat for nearly four decades, was
The Spread Offense
has helped North
Texas become Texas’
current power center
BY MATT WIXON
Allen’s high powered offense is spearheaded by
head coach Tom Westerberg.