County teams open 2017 season

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Friday night lights across the state of Texas were shining bright all across East Texas this week with Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point all opening non-district play Sept. 1. The Eagles, Bulldogs, Vandals and Tigers will all be looking to match or exceed last year’s playoff berths, while Fruitvale and Grand Saline will do their best to return to postseason play at the conclusion of district play.


The Canton Eagles closed the preseason at Norris Birdwell Stadium Aug. 24, taking on a talented Kaufman team ahead of their season opening showdown with Brownsboro Sept. 1. Canton received a huge second half push from their passing game against the Bears in 2016, lighting up the scoreboard en route to a 56-34 win.

Canton is scheduled to take on Grace Community on the road in Tyler Sept. 8. The Eagles narrowly got past the Cougars last season in a 42-41 home win. 

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