Ford Center Kicks Off High School Action With 4-Game Marathon

FRISCO — What’s more Texan than a High School football game? How about back-to-back-to-back-to-back high school football games!

Yeah, the Ford Center made its public debut by hosting “The Star Kickoff Presented by Whataburger”, featuring four straight games and all eight Frisco ISD teams.

Even a few Cowboys had to walk over from their locker room next door to check out the games and Jerry Jones himself had to swing by to take it all in.

After all, according to him, that’s what this place is all about.

“I picture the high school quarterback of Frisco walking on the field to play a game and visiting with Tony Romo who’s walking off the field,” Jones said of this setup last week.

The morning session of games saw last year’s 5-A state runner-up, Lone Star, facing down Heritage and Independence taking on Reedy.

In that game, Independence notched the first ever win the new building in emphatic fashion.

“Our guys will always have that notoriety of being able to say ‘hey we won the first ballgame ever in there’,” said Kyle Story, the head coach of Independence.

“No team is going to be able to say they were the first game in the stadium and get a ‘W’ and in that type of fashion,” William McCollum, a senior at Independence, concurred.

So yeah, you could say the massive arena is a huge hit with these teams.

“I love this stadium, I love the field, I love the feel of the field, the turf was nice,” said Jason Moore, another Independence senior. “I’m just thankful for having the opportunity to be able to play in it.”

A packed house, their football idols catching them in action and a venue only Jerry could dream up; Texas high school football has definitely received an upgrade.