ARLINGTON -- While the Cowboys are getting ready for their so-called dress rehearsal game on Saturday night against the Bengals, high school teams are basically doing the same thing by holding scrimmages against other schools.

"Everybody is scrimmaging today around the Metroplex, and Coach Wager and I have had an agreement to keep this scrimmage going," said Allen Head Coach Tom Westerberg.

While it was a scrimmage, both schools agreed to make this as close to a game as possible.

"You know, I actually talked to Coach Westerberg immediately after, and he said, 'Hey, let's make sure we do this forever.' I'm in, because we're going to make each other better, and I think we did today," said Arlington Martin Head Coach Bob Wager.

It s not exactly Friday night lights; instead it's a Friday morning scorcher. It s the last week of practices and scrimmages for high school before they begin regular season play next weekend.

And while the temperature was up, so were the crowds who came to see these two teams tune-up for the season.

"I love football. I'm ready for the season to start," said Mark Johnson from Dallas.

Allen won the 5A Division-I state championship last fall, while Arlington Martin was eliminated in the first round.

In Friday's scrimmage, Arlington Martin came out on top, but nothing counts until next weekend.

"We'd like to win," Westerberg said. "You always come out on the field and you like to win, but from time to time, if you get beat in a scrimmage, it's okay."

"I figure if we scrimmage these top teams in America, maybe sooner or later we'll be one, too," Wager said.


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