'Friday Night Lights': Reagan-McCallum, Westlake-Austin High Top Local Slate

Program note: NBC’s Friday Night Lights, filmed in Pflugerville and based on the Buzz Bissinger book and Peter Berg film (and not, sadly, this column), premieres 7pm Tuesday, Oct. 3 on KXAN. UT head coach Mack Brown has a cameo in the pilot. (See "TV Eye" for more.)

Meanwhile, most area high schools open district play this week, but the pick matches are a pair of nondistrict affairs: undefeated Blanco, ranked No. 10 in 2A by TexasHSFootball.com, visits Hyde Park Baptist, and Liberty Hill (3-1) pays a call on defending 3A Division I champs Wimberley.

Akins, tied atop 25-5A with Westlake and Seguin, tangles with Bowie 7pm tonight (Thursday) at the refurbished Toney Burger Stadium for the Zone’s “Central Texas High School Game of the Week,” live on 1300AM.

Also Thursday, 17-4A leader McCallum (3-1) and rival Reagan (1-2) clash at Nelson Field; and LBJ (2-2) and Johnston (0-4) battle at House Park. Friday’s marquee game has two of Austin’s biggest rivals, Westlake (2-0-1) and Austin High (1-2), meeting at House Park.

Outside the city limits, Round Rock and Stony Point, both 3-0, square off at the RRISD stadium. Also, Hays Consolidated entertains Lockhart, New Braunfels Canyon hosts newcomers Scherz Steele, Lake Travis travels to Burnet, and undefeated Giddings visits Hewitt Midway.

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