ARLINGTON – The Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series presented by BURGER KING® returns to Cowboys Stadium in 2010 with a quadruple-header of high school football action on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. All four games of the national high school football showcase will be televised live on Fox Sports Southwest.
For the third consecutive year, well-known college football analyst and former Ohio State University quarterback Kirk Herbstreit has partnered with Chicago-based sports marketing company Intersport to stage the elite series of games. The Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series presented by BURGER KING® pits the top high school teams from the state of Texas against prep football powerhouses from across the nation.
“Last year we were fortunate enough to present the first every high school football games at the world’s most premier sports venue, Cowboys Stadium,” Joseph Salituro, Senior Account Executive at Intersport Inc. said. “We are looking forward to returning to the city of Arlington. The City and Stadium have been great hosts to us, and we look forward to a continued partnership for years to come.”
The 2010 Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series presented by BURGER KING® is highlighted by two interstate match-ups. Texas 5A State Champion Euless Trinity will play host to Arkansas 4A State Champion Shiloh Christian. Head Coach Steve Lineweaver’s squad has appeared in the 2 previous Varsity Football Series with impressive wins over John Curtis(LA) in 2008 and Bingham(UT) in 2009. The Trojans will face maybe their stiffest competition yet in Shiloh Christian. Finishing the season ranked #23 nationally by USA Today, the Saints return 16 starters from that squad led by All-American senior quarterback Kiehl Frazier. The second interstate tilt pits a Dallas Skyline team that finished the 2009 season 12-1, against national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas from Fort Lauderdale, FL. With the loss of many talented seniors from last year, Coach Reginald Samples will be calling upon top senior linebacker Anthony Wallace, and a mixture of talented youngsters on offense to lead the 2010 campaign. Ranked #1 in the nation for majority of 2009, Head Coach George Smith’s Raiders were upset in the Florida state semi-finals and finished 13-1. The Raiders will also be looking to retool after losing 13 Football Bowl Subdivision signees from the 2009 squad.
The other two match-ups are intrastate Texas games that take four of the top teams from 2009. Cedar Hill will face off against Denton Guyer in a offensive laden match. Coach Joey McGuire’s Longhorns will be making their second appearance the Series after a dominating victory over Lasalle(OH) in 2008. The Longhorns will have a tough test against Denton Guyer. The 4A state semi-finalists will again have a high powered offense led by Senior quarterback J.W. Walsh, the son of head coach John Walsh. This will be Denton Guyer’s first year in 5A.
The finale of the Varsity Football Series will include the city of Arlington’s own, Bowie Volunteers to face off against the DeSoto Eagles. Head Coach Kenny Perry led Bowie deep into the playoffs in 2009, losing to eventually State Champion Abilene High school. The Eagles and Head Coach Claude Mathis will return highly rated quarterback Ryan Polite to run his up tempo offense.
10:30a.m. Euless Trinity v. Shiloh Christian(AR)
1:30p.m.* Cedar Hill v. Denton Guyer
4:30p.m.* Dallas Skyline v. St. Thomas Aquinas(FL)
7:30p.m.* Arlington Bowie v. DeSoto
* Start times tentative
Tickets are currently on sale through the participating schools. Tickets will also be available online at Ticketmaster.com and at the Cowboys Stadium Box Office beginning May 3rd. Adult tickets are on sale for $15. Student tickets are on sale for $10. One ticket is valid for all games (no re-entry).
The Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series also features an additional four games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH. This event includes a pair of doubleheaders on Sunday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept. 6. More than 70,000 fans attended the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series presented by BURGER KING® in 2009.