Deonte Dean at the Mesquite Poteet game. Courtesy of Mike Duhon Photography.

Update Thursday at 3:45 p.m.: Kickoff has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Friday due to expected high temperatures at Wildcat Stadium. While outside food or drink is not permitted, spectators will be permitted to bring a clear, empty plastic bottle to refill at hydration stations at no cost, according to Wildcat Club reps.

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If you purchased season tickets to Wildcat football games over the summer, you’re sitting in the catbird seat this week. Friday’s matchup between Lake Highlands (1-1) and crosstown rival Highland Park (2-0) is expected to be an early sellout.

You may purchase general admission tickets online here.

At the start of the season, Inside High School Sports’ Matt Diggs predicted HP would enter the playoffs at the top of District 7-6A, followed by Lake Highlands, Berkner and Jesuit (with Pearce coming in fifth and out of playoff contention). A win by the Wildcats would be considered an exciting upset in a game and a district where head-to-head matchups matter. The Wildcats face Jesuit next week and Berkner for Homecoming the week after that.

Coach Cory Campbell says it’s important for his players and coaches to look up and see a sea of red and white in the grandstands, but if you simply cannot find game tickets, you needn’t miss the action. Oak Highlands Brewery and Shell Shack Lake Highlands are pairing up to make sure Wildcat fans catch every down. OHB will be hosting watch parties each week with yummy Shell Shack fare and live broadcasts on the big screen, featuring analysis by broadcaster Phillip Kern and our own Keith Whitmire. Whitmire is a veteran sport writer and LHHS graduate whose son, Connor, plays on the varsity team.

OHB will open their taproom on game nights and serve Shell Shack fish and chips. Kick off is at 7 p.m., and the beer will be ice cold. Game day attire is expected, and families are welcome.

Note: Wildcat games are broadcast live only by Dave Campbell’s Texan Live aka Champion Sports, so don’t click on links by other companies. A few scammers have offered links to watch Wildcat football, basketball and other games online, but most aren’t the real deal. Check with the Wildcat Club if you’re interested in watching games online.

You may check out game pics by Mike Duhon Photography here. Oak Highlands Brewery is at 10484 Brockwood, near Royal/Miller and Plano Road.