For 49 years, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has been the source of football information in the Lone Star State. For the past 10, the magazine has hosted the Texas Football Classic. This year’s lineup includes the Brownwood Lions, who will face off against Burnet Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
More than 70 teams have competed in the Classic during the past decade. Those teams have gone on to combine for more than 100 state championship game appearances and 68 all-time state titles. The Lions bring seven of those titles with them to their 3:45 p.m. kickoff.
And this is not the Lions’ first time to be chosen to compete in the prestigious event. In 2002, Freddie Stoglin led the Lions with 202 of the team’s 338 yards rushing in Brownwood’s 35-32 loss to Fort Worth Dunbar. Both Stoglin’s individual and the team’s overall rushing performances rank second all-time among Classic games. The two teams’ combined 67 points made for the fourth-highest scoring game in Classic history as well.
A couple of non-Brownwood names that football fans will recognize, who hold several Classic records between them, are Chase Daniel, formerly of Southlake Carroll and current quarterback for the University of Missouri; and Kevin Kolb, who played quarterback at Stephenville and the University of Houston and is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.