A Thing of the Past?

Could the days of high school teams playing on the biggest of stages be over?

This story, which ran this week in The Dallas Morning News, has a lot of folks wondering what's the future of Texas high school football being played in the home of America's Team.

Randy Mayes is quoted as saying he is still planning on playing Lewisville ISD district games in the new Cowboys home, which has yet to be named, but will that be possible?

I don't even know if Jerry Jones knows how much it will cost to just light his new mega-stadium, but I can guarantee it will be much more expensive to operate than the antiquated Texas Stadium, which became the premiere stadium in all of Texas to play high school football's biggest games over the past few decades.

As someone who attended high school in LISD, there was definitely something special about the "Battle of the Ax" games between Flower Mound Marcus and Lewisville being played there. One year it was played at UNT's Fouts Field, which isn't even as nice as Max Goldsmith Stadium, and it just wasn't nearly the same. Now, the "Mound Showdown" between Marcus and Flower Mound is also played in Texas Stadium, so what will happen now that the place with the hole in the roof is no more?

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Mayes said he's discussing the possibility of playing games at TCU or UNT, but hopes to stay at the new Cowboys home.

Forget LISD games, what about big-time playoff games? Celina and Carthage played the final game in Texas Stadium in December in the Class 3A Division II state championship game, and when the lights turned off with them went hundreds of great memories recorded there in high school football history.

Jerry Jones followed in former owner Tex Schramm's lead when he supported high school games being played in Texas Stadium, and we can only hope he'll figure out some way to keep that tradition going. Because no offense to the Alamodome in San Antonio, or even Reliant Stadium in Houston, but this new place will blow both out of the water and would be a great host to the Class 5A and 4A state championship games.

Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He's less than a week away from the great Pacific Northwest.

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