Top 5 meaningful football games of 2013 season

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You chillaxed over the summer, going to your vacation destination of choice, being lazy or just valuing the time when you didn’t have to think about much.

Well, the summer is over and it’s time to start thinking about football. It’s also time to start pondering what the projected Top 5 games of the 2013 season involving our coverage teams will be.

A couple were pretty easy. The others deserved some fall-style critical thinking. So here they are:

Allen at Carroll, Aug. 31, Dragon Stadium, Southlake, 7:30 p.m.: This one wasn’t hard. No. 1 at No. 5. It has the feel of a state championship game. Payback is starting to become a theme associated with this matchup. The defending 5A Division I state champion Eagles pounded the Dragons last year, 24-0, to open up their new stadium and avenge some playoff heartbreakers. With the game back in Carroll’s confines, the Dragons would dearly love to show the Eagles that outcome was an aberration. It should be a great matchup with two dynamic junior starting quarterbacks, Carroll’s Ryan Agnew and Allen’s Kyler Murray. This game will be broadcast on Channel 21 at 10:30 p.m the day of.

Colleyville Heritage at Euless Trinity, Sept. 27, Pennington Field, Bedford, 7:30 p.m.: The District 6-5A opener for both teams. These are the top two teams in the district, but the Panthers have been frustrated over the years by the Trojans. They can’t beat them. Even with arguably the best team that coach Mike Fuller has ever fielded – the 2012 squad – the Panthers fell, 31-16. The Trojans always have the athletes, albeit they may be a little inexperienced at quarterback this year. But that’s why you play. Panther quarterback Griffin Pickler and his teammates would love nothing better than to exorcise years of frustration with an upset.

Denton Guyer at Northwest Byron Nelson, Oct. 11, NISD Athletic Complex, 7 p.m.: This is another early stand-up game for Nelson coach Brian Polk and his program. It also completes the gauntlet of Wichita Falls Rider, Lake Dallas and Guyer in that order to begin 5-4A play. Guyer opens the season as the defending 4A Division I state champion and preseason No. 1 in the state. Nelson has a lot to deal with in Guyer quarterback and Texas commit Jerrod Heard. The Bobcats were within striking range, 30-21, in the third quarter of last year’s game before falling 53-28. They get the Wildcats at home and must account themselves fully.

Keller vs. Keller Central, Oct. 4, KISD Athletic Complex, 7:30 p.m.: The expectations for the Indians are high with promising quarterback Hunter McEachern and running back Dalton Mills. Keller will have been coming off a great test against Justin Northwest from the previous week. The Chargers would love to pick up this win to continue their journey toward a third consecutive playoff berth. A missed extra point enabled the Chargers to survive last year’s meeting, 14-13. That kept the Indians out of the playoffs. That loss probably still stings.

Carroll at Justin Northwest, Oct. 18, NISD Athletic Complex, 7:30 p.m.: If you’re the Texans, and you’re having the season you’re supposed to be having by the time this game arrives, you know you better show up. Last year’s 45-0 rout showed the stark difference between Carroll’s program and Northwest’s. Now, the Dragons are in the Texans’ building. A stronger performance is required for Bill Patterson’s team to reveal that it is making progress.

Other notable games: Carroll vs. Temple (Sept. 13 in Waco); Wichita Falls Rider at Byron Nelson (Sept. 27); Northwest at Keller (Sept. 27); Grapevine at Irving (Oct. 11); Hurst L.D. Bell at Colleyville Heritage (Nov. 8).

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