For years now, whenever Whitehouse and Sulphur Springs have met on the gridiron, defensive stops have been at a premium. The two teams annually feature among the most explosive offenses in East Texas.

And last season's matchup was no different. The two teams combined for 52 first downs, 163 offensive snaps, 1,124 total yards, and it all added up to a 38-33 win for Whitehouse. The biggest individual performance of the night came from Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who rolled up 506 yards of offense by himself.

Once again, expect a fireworks show when these two go at it on Sept. 13 in Sulphur Springs.

Whitehouse brings back a ton of starters on both sides of the ball, including Mahomes and three of his top receiving targets from 2012 -- Jake Parker, Coleman Patterson and Jaylon Dews. The defense will be anchored by linebackers Reggie Long and Chris Reese and defensive backs Justin Dunning and Nate Brooks.

Sulphur Springs must replace both quarterbacks, which alternated series, but has plenty of weapons on offense. No. 1 on that list is senior running back/receiver Willy Ivery, who posted almost 1,600 yards of offense with 28 touchdowns in 2012.

The defensive secondary should be solid as well with safeties Larry Pryor and Zach Spigner patrolling the deep middle once again. 2013 Preseason Top 25 Games of the Year