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Cleburne Times picks Alvarado vs Kennedale as a Top 5 matchup

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By A.J. Crisp/sports@trcle.com
CLEBURNE ? If the 2014 high school football season in Johnson County is anything close to the past few seasons of Friday Night Light action, then local fans will be in for yet another treat of legendary Texas high school gridiron action.

With the biennial realignment from the University Interscholastic League, the 2014 high school football season will feature new opponents and rivalries for Johnson County?s teams. {{more}}

After looking in-depth at the new schedules for the 2014 season, the Times-Review picked the top-5 must-see district matchups for the upcoming season. See

complete list

Making the top 5 list was the Alvarado-Kennedale game.

7:30 p.m., Oct. 31, Alvarado at Kennedale.

The Wildcats and Indians are expected to battle it out in 2014 for the District 5-4A Division I title. Considering the two teams will meet in week 9, this one has the potential to be a matchup for all the marbles.

Like Godley, Alvarado is known for having a solid defense on a yearly basis. And the Indians will need that stout defense to slow down Kennedale?s fast-paced Wing-T offensive attack, which features running back Juwan Washington, who?s coming off nearly 2,500 yards rushing and nearly 40 touchdowns a season ago.

The Indians also boast a stout rushing attack on a yearly basis, and the same is expected this year with Adrian Hendrick and Austin Morriel toting the rock. But for Alvarado to top Kennedale and claim a district title, the Indians will need their play at quarterback to improve from a season ago.

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