Trinity Trojans among many teams using AT&T Stadium this week

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More information Area-round games at AT&T Stadium Thursday 6 p.m.: Highland Park vs. Dallas Kimball 9 p.m.: Frisco Centennial vs. Dallas South Oak Cliff Friday 6 p.m.: Mesquite Poteet vs. Dallas Wilson 9 p.m.: Frisco vs. Dallas Lincoln Saturday 11 a.m.: Denton Ryan vs. Waco Midway 2 p.m.: Coppell vs. DeSoto 5 p.m.: Euless Trinity vs. Mansfield Timberview 8 p.m.: Hebron vs. Cedar Hill Tickets: Presale $8 adult/$6 student; $10 at the gate for all. Parking: $10

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High school football will take center stage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington this weekend, with some of the top teams in Dallas-Fort Worth to square off in area-round playoff games.

For the players and coaches involved, the opportunity to play on the same field as the Dallas Cowboys is a dream come true.

Cedar Hill and coach Joey McGuire, whose Longhorns (9-2) face Hebron (8-3) at 8 p.m. Saturday, have been there before, losing to Katy in last season’s 5A Division II state championship game.

“It’s an incredible opportunity,” McGuire said. “I love playing there from the standpoint that whatever happens you have a chance to create memories for these kids and their families that are going to last a lifetime.”

Euless Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver, another AT&T Stadium veteran, echoed McGuire’s sentiment.

“This is a lifetime memory,” Lineweaver said. “I never get tired of seeing the joy and the wonderment on these kids’ faces as they walk out onto that field for the first time.”

Trinity (9-2), which fell to Southlake Carroll in last season’s Class 5A Division I Region I semifinal, faces Mansfield Timberview (8-3) at 5 p.m. Saturday. With a win, Trinity could meet Carroll again in the regional final.

“We aren’t looking for any revenge,” Lineweaver said. “Timberview is a good football team and we are both 1-0 in the playoffs. All we are focused on is this weekend’s game and it should be a good one.”

This weekend’s marquee matchup will pit undefeated DeSoto (11-0) against Coppell (9-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday. DeSoto, which has beaten Trinity and Cedar Hill this season, is the No. 2-ranked team in the country by MaxPreps.

“DeSoto is one of the best teams in the nation,” McGuire said. “Hopefully this will just be a dress rehearsal for some of the guys that get a chance to play in the state title game.”

With Cowboys’ ticket prices averaging $110 each, the real winners this weekend could be the fans themselves, who have the chance to see multiple games at the NFL’s priciest venue without having to break the bank.

“If you buy through your school in their presale it’s $4 a student and $8 for an adult,” McGuire said. “You’re talking about getting a heck of a deal to be able to go see a game at one of the best stadiums in the world.”

Ticket prices will be $10 at the gate. Additionally, parking will be lowered to just $10 for the high school games.

“When these kids get older they will be going to Cowboy games, college games, watching them on TV, saying, ‘I played there,’” Lineweaver said. “To create a memory for these kids and their families is just exciting.”

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