I’ve seen Texas HSFB in person too, and it is quite the show. The whole weekend really, from pep rally to postgame ho-down. Amazing atmosphere, and the towns really do shut down for games, even the Dallas suburbs which are densely populated. The kids are little celebrities for their short varsity careers, signs in the yard, full school full town pep rallies every week. Varsity Blues. Coach Kilmer. “I’ve won 23 district titles!” All that.
The facilities, 20 man coaching staffs, pristine $70M stadiums, and big money booster clubs are all very impressive until you start realizing Texas ball is mostly pomp and circumstance. Most of the thousands of teams in the thousands of little towns there would get embarrassed if they left the state to play top competition, which is why the Texas UIL (High School association) is so adamant that they only play home games against out of state competition.
That includes the 6A teams, who are not necessarily any more well coached or trained than California teams — who also train year round (too much) in even better weather and have access to just as much team and private coaching.
There are only 3-4 current teams in the entire Lone Star state that could even compete with MD/Bosco, and they are all nationally ranked. Not even Duncanville, who I’ve seen on film beating the same St Johns team MD beat (in Texas of course), has the horses or the scheme/team to win a head to head with MD/SJB this year, especially not if they had to travel to SoCal (which they won’t).
The proud Texans would use recruiting as an excuse, as if Allen hasn’t recruited entire families of transfers and middle schoolers to move into its district, even before Kyler Murray’s dad Kevin moved them in from Lewisville. And as if Duncanville doesn’t get kids from all around Dallas since hiring Dallas Skyline High’s former coach, including robbing neighboring DeSoto and Cedar Hill’s districts for players. And as if North Shore’s district isn’t a player magnet for the best kids from around Houston.
Texas has a ton more programs and the monetary investment into each one is unparalleled around the country. But their best teams couldn’t beat California’s best, even in their own packed stadiums. They are still steaming about Gorman and it’s “unfair advantages” coming in and boat racing Dallas area power Cedar Hill on ESPN 3 years ago. That’s partly why they ducked games against the Golden State’s best this offseason.