Stephenville knows the Alvarados and Glen Roses on its schedule. Even the Amarillos and LaVegas aren't all that unfamiliar.
But the Yellow Jackets, their fans and even their coaches have a very limited knowledge of Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The home of the Panthers, Dillard will be Stephenville's opponent at 1 p.m. Saturday. The teams are meeting in the Lone Star Sports High School Football Classic at John Kincaide Stadium in Dallas.
Dillard, a Florida Class 4A school, was a 6-6 playoff team a year ago. The Panthers dropped their season opener to Plantation (Fla.), 33-6, on Aug. 30, and were idle last week. They were 2-6-1 in 2011 and 6-5 in 2010.
Like Stephenville, Dillard does not often face out-of-state foes. Maxpreps has Panther football schedules online going back to 2004, and they show no opponents outside Florida. They scheduled a game against East St. Louis, Ill. in 2010, but Maxpreps shows Dillard winning that game by forfeit.
"I know it's a larger school than ours and I know they have some very good individual athletes," said Stephenville head coach Joe Gillespie. "But as far as their system, tradition, mystique, those type of things, I don't know."
Gillespie and his staff saw enough from film to game plan for the Panthers, but know little more about Dillard than they did about Prepa Tec Monterrey (Mex.) before the start of last season.
"They were almost exclusively in a spread in their first game, and they threw the ball about 85 percent of the time," Gillespie said. "Now, it was their first game. Were they doing that because of their opponent? Were they doing it because they were trying something different and now they'll realize they better go back to being who they are? I don't know, so in a sense, we have to be ready for anything."
Outside the playing lines, Dillard is a performing arts and technology magnet school with 1,495 students and is one of 59 high schools in the Broward County Public School District. The student body is 53 percent female, and minority enrollment is 96 percent, according to an overview on usnews.com.
Dillard is located in inner-city Fort Lauderdale, which boasted a population of 168,528 in the 2010 census.