Reporter Staff Report
Glen Rose is 4-1, China Spring is undefeated.
But now, everyone is 0-0.
District 7-3A play begins Friday, and as the Tigers eye their second second straight district championship, other teams around the league are doing the same.
Glen Rose visits West in the Tigers' 7-3A opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in hopes of starting right where they left off with their final non-district tune-up two weeks ago — victorious.
West, Whitney, Gatesville, China Spring and Hillsboro join Glen Rose in the six-team league, and the Tigers battle each school in that order.
Glen Rose Head Coach Tommy Dunn says his team isn't overlooking anyone, but even with three opponents still ahead of China Spring, its hard for fans not to look forward to the game many prognosticators have dubbed as the determining factor in the district title race.
China Spring was picked to win the league by Dave Campbell's 2008 Texas Football Magazine, and has provided nothing but proof that they deserve such respect by starting the season 5-0 and leaping to No. 2 in the Associated Press 3A football poll. Only Liberty Hill, with its 30-plus game winning streak and consecutive state championships, is ranked higher.
Dunn began the season by comparing his team to China Spring, noting that the Cougars almost won the state championship last season with personnel very similar to that which the Tigers put on the gridiron every Friday.
“Why can't Glen Rose play for the state title?” Dunn asked after making the comparison.
Glen Rose was picked second in Texas Football, while West was tabbed for the final playoff spot at third. Hillsboro, Gatesville and Whitney were predicted to finish fourth through sixth, respectively.
On paper, its China Spring's title to lose, and only Glen Rose should be able to contend. But games aren't determined on paper, but on the field. For the teams in District 7-3A the time to put their best product on the field has come.