Thursday, June 6, 2013

Texas High School Football: Friday Night Flashback

Over the last decade, I've had the chance to cover Texas high school football for The Dallas Morning News. I've met a lot of great people, seen a lot of fantastic games and experienced high school football in a state that does it bigger than anywhere else.

As a side project to what I do at The Dallas Morning News, I decided to put together a book that revisits some of the classic matchups of Texas high school football and shares the memories of players and coaches who were part of the games. Some of the players and coaches reveal stories behind the unforgettable plays. Others give a glimpse at what the amazing moments mean to them years later.

Friday Night Flashback is now available on It can also be viewed on a Kindle device or on free apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets.

Here's the link to the book:

Friday Night Flashback

Here are the links to free apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

 iPhone, iPad app
Android app

Games included:

Cedar Hill vs. Garland: 2006 5A Division II semifinal
"William Cole and just one more play"

Converse Judson vs. Midland: 2002 5A Division I championship
"A dream, a pass and one of the greatest finishes ever"

Euless Trinity vs. Plano: 2007 5A Division I state semifinal
"Superman Rex Burkhead vs. The Dynasty"

Houston Madison vs. GP North Shore: 2001 5A Division II regional semifinal
"Vince Young and the Astrodome shootout"

Denton Ryan vs. Ennis: 2002 4A Division II semifinal
"Philip Jones and 15 points in 45 seconds"

Lufkin vs. Austin Westlake: 2001 5A Division II championship
"Reggie McNeal, a gutsy fake and a spectacular welcome home"

Southlake Carroll vs. Euless Trinity: 2006 5A Division I area round
"Fifty thousand fans, a traffic jam and the fake punt"

Highland Park vs. Stephenville: 2005 4A Division I semifinal
"Matthew Stafford, Jevan Snead and a receiver’s one chance"

Odessa Permian vs. Arlington: 1987 5A quarterfinals
"Mojo’s comeback and the old-school tiebreaker"

Allen vs. Round Rock Stony Point: 2008 5A Division I semifinal
"The 90-yard return, the backup QB and a pass in slow motion"

Katy vs. Southlake Carroll: 2003 5A Division II championship
"Ball control, a young cornerback and the team that couldn't be stopped"

Tyler John Tyler vs. Plano East: 1994 5A Division II third round
"The most amazing high school football game ever?"