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This week's area games: Krum-Pilot Point clash will feature new coaches

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There will be a different feeling on both sidelines Friday as Krum and Pilot Point begin the 2017 season without their longtime head coaches.

Krum's Gary Robinson resigned Wednesday afternoon due to "family health-related reasons." Offensive coordinator Allen Oh steps in to coach the Bobcats.

Longtime Pilot Point coach Rob Best retired at the end of last season, and Pilot Point native and former Bearcat linebacker Danny David left Collinsville to return home. He has high hopes to turn the program around after it missed the playoffs the last two seasons.

As for last year's matchup, Krum shut out Pilot Point 29-0 and surrendered only 74 total yards. The Bobcats used a heavy dose of the run with trio Haeden Knight, Donald Brown and Brandon Reeves, who combined for 247 yards.

Under David, Pilot Point has a new-look offense with quarterback Quincy Kemp moving to running back to give the Bearcats their best chance on offense. 

Game time is at 7:30 p.m. at Pilot Point's Massey Stadium.

Liberty Christian at Melissa

Where: Cardinal Field

Time: 7:30 p.m.

What's on the line: Liberty Christian plays in one of the toughest districts in TAPPS, so it's understandable the Warriors' nondistrict schedule is also one of the more difficult trio of games to begin the season. The Warriors begin their season with Melissa, which scored a touchdown with 48 seconds left to beat Liberty 48-42. The winning touchdown halted a 25-point rally the Warriors began halfway through the third.

Bowie at Aubrey  

Where: Chaparral Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m.

What's on the line: Aubrey's playoff appearance last season marked the first time in program history the team advanced to the postseason in back-to-back years. But Keith Ivy and the Chaparrals aren't content — they want the district championship. Getting off on the right foot against Bowie will be a step in the right direction. Aubrey won the opener in a close game 26-20 last year and Bowie returns seven starters on defense, so the Chaparrals will look to get their potent rushing attack and star Gatlin Grisso going early.

Sanger at Graham

Where: Newton Field

Time: 7:30 p.m.

What's on the line:  Cole Ford will take the field for the first time as the head coach in Sanger after spending the last four seasons as offensive coordinator. Sanger returns one of the most potent offensive trios in the area with quarterback CJ Jackson back alongside Dameon Moser and Gavin Brown. The three combined for 4,497 total yards and 47 touchdowns and will look for a strong start against a tough Graham team that went two rounds deep last year and returns 14 starters.

Benbrook at Ponder

Where: Ponder Field

Time: 7:30 p.m.

What's on the line: Rusty Ballard led the Ponder Lions back into the playoffs last season and has 12 starters back. Ponder controlled the opener against Benbrook in a 35-14 win last year, but it was the Bobcats' first varsity season. Benbrook went 0-10 but returns all 22 starters from that group. LB Noah Bean will need to rally the defense to slow down RB Quintan Jackson, who rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore.

Calvary at Lucas Christian 

Where: LCA Warrior Field

Time: 11 a.m. Saturday

What's on the line: One of the biggest issues for Calvary last year was a lack of depth. Things got so bad with injuries that coach Joey Longoria was forced to step in as an extra body at times during practice. But with a bigger roster heading into the season, those concerns should be behind the Lions. Sophomore Jacob Helzer will make his first start at QB after missing last season with a shoulder injury.

Argyle vs. Lucas Lovejoy

Where: Allen's Eagle Stadium

Time: 7 p.m. Saturday

What's on the line: The Argyle Eagles open the year against Class 5A Lucas Lovejoy for the second straight season in the Tom Landry Classic and will again be looking to make a statement. Argyle won 33-21 last season but has a lot of new faces in key positions this year. Senior Jon Copeland will get his first start at quarterback after transferring from Liberty Christian, where he had a big junior year while racking up just under 3,000 total yards and 29 touchdowns.