No. 1 in the state Euless Trinity takes its power-running, physical style on the road to Allen on Friday night. It's a clash of cultures in a non-district showdown.
Smash-mouth football vs. Finesse. Blue-collar neighborhoods vs. White-collar. Haves-state-titles vs. Want-One-Desparately. The Haka vs. The Band.
Trinity's trademark Haka Dance will be crowded into 9,000-seat Eagle Stadium which will be filled to overflow with standing from only. Taking up a bunch of room will be Allen's trademark, 300-member band, which seems like the Roman army marching in to enforce its rule at halftime.
Trinity has the state championship rings that Allen has so hard to get. The Trojans have won two state titles in the last three years with its fullback, tight end, toss-sweep offense.
Allen has built its school system around the Plano-model with a large-enrollment school to help build successful everything and the Eagles have gone after highly successful coaches to reach success.
Allen, remember, hired rising to the top Todd Graham in the 1990s before Graham left for Fame and Fortune in college and is now a multi-millionaire trying to coach Tulsa (2-0) into the Top 25.
Allen coach Tom Westerberg comes from the staff of Joe Martin which won a 1999 state championship at Garland. The Eagles have some high-flying talent led by junior quarterback Matt Brown, who just picked up his first scholarship offer as Nebraska offered the second-year starter.
Brown is a dual-threat quarterback with 444 yards passing and 259 yards rushing from the spread. The Eagles have Texas A&M receiver commit Uzoma Nwachukwu, who has a team-high 13 receptions. Senior speedster Dakarai Pecikonis is averaging 21 yards for his eight catches.
Allen's offense is typically productive, but the Eagles hope their defense has gotten some stopper capabilities to keep the Trojans' time-consuming offense from steam-rolling its way to another victory.
Senior tackle Nate Bonsu, junior linebacker Cheyenne Urban and senior Jeremy Reeves seem to have the Eagles much-improved.
That's what makes the Trinity test so important. The Eagles will get a good picture against a talented group of running backs with Nebraska commit Dontrayevous Robinson, junior Damien Hart and sophomore Tevin Williams.
Trinity's defense will get a little test of its own against the high-octane Eagles. Trinity is rebuilding its front around senior Siosaia Tuipulotu, senior linebacker Earnest Norman (committed to Kansas) and Texas defensive back commit Eryon Barnett and Prinz Kande.