Two of East Texas' top Class 4A teams the past couple of seasons will meet in Week 2 when Van travels to Gilmer on Sept. 7.

Since 2016, the Vandals are 22-4 while Gilmer has posted a 23-5 mark.

Van DE Jayden Jacobs. (© Clint Buckley,
Van DE Jayden Jacobs. (© Clint Buckley,

The non-district clash checks in at No. 23 on's list of the top 25 games of 2018.

Both Van and Gilmer have question marks at quarterback coming into the season.

Van must replace three-year starter Garrett Moseley, who piloted the Vandals to back-to-back, double-digit wins seasons. Gilmer graduated Aaron "Poppy" Brown, who passed for more than 8,500 yards and 75 touchdowns the last two years.

With the game coming so early in the season, it could be an good barometer for each offense as the teams move closer to the district campaign.'s Top 25 Games of 2018

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