The second annual The Old Coach Avery Air Classic helps kick off the 2011 football season with six programs that encompass the tradition and wide-ranging styles that are part of the state’s cultural identity. Avery Air has dedicated nearly $10,000 in college scholarships with three games in two days at Carrollton’s Standridge Stadium Aug. 26-27.

Don Norris of Avery Air is excited to be able to give back to communities through athletic competition.

“Avery Air is dedicated to help athletic programs on the high school level. The young men and women participating on athletic teams gain valuable life skills and we support that,” Norris said. “Our partnership with The Old Coach helps promote high school athletics and provide scholarship money for deserving kids that might not be able to attend college in other way.”

This season The Old Coach Classic introduces two new squads and returns four teams from last year but in a new twist. Opponents were switched from the 2010 Classic in a unique format brought in by The Old Coach.

Upcoming, enthusiastic programs at Justin Northwest and Carrollton Creekview open their season at 7:30 p.m. Friday. For a Saturday doubleheader, Waxahachie is a Class 4A power that will showcase its talent against 5A perennial playoff qualifier Flower Mound Marcus. After reaching the Class 5A Division II state final last year, Denton Guyer plays four-time state-champion Garland.

Guyer and Garland play first on Saturday with a 4 p.m. tilt before Waxahachie and Marcus battle at 7:30 p.m. with Marcus being the home team.

Saturday’s game is considered a double-header with one ticket good for both games. Presale tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students while all tickets will be $10 at the Standridge Stadium gate.