When In Texas: Week 7 / by Guillermo Hernandez Martinez

This week's edition of When In Texas features one of the most storied rivalries in high school football, the Odessa Permian vs Midland Lee game. Played annually since Midland Lee opened in 1961, the rivalry was at its fiercest during a 20-year stretch from 1980 to 2000, when both schools were among the top state championship contenders each year and the game had serious playoff implications. During that stretch, Permian won the state title four times, with Lee claiming three championships and each school earning an unofficial national championship title. Since then, neither school has had the success they became known for and the rivalry became a lopsided affair, with Permian winning seven of the last nine games, while the Rebels dominated the Panthers during the previous 11 meetings, winning 10 of them.

The game is still the most important on both schools' schedules and still captures the imagination of people from Midland, Odessa and all over the state. Thanks in part to H. G. Bissinger's "Friday Nigh Lights" book and the movie it inspired, the Lee-Permian game is one of the most easily recognizable match-ups in the state.

The Panthers, known popularly as "Mojo" after the chant started in the late 1960's, count themselves as one of the elite programs in the state, with six state titles at the state's highest classification, seven undefeated seasons, close to 500 wins and two national championships to boast about. While the Rebels have not had the historical success of Permian, they proudly count a national championship, three state titles and multiple NFL stars among their accomplishments.

Catch up with the previous 6 weeks of When In Texas by visiting the blog entries linked below or by visiting the project's dedicated page: When In Texas.

Week 1: Woodlands College Park vs Pearland
Week 2: Mason vs De Leon
Week 3: West Rusk vs Sabine
Week 4: El Paso vs Jefferson Silva
Week 5: Katy vs Katy Taylor
Week 5: St. Anthony vs St. Stephen's
Week 6: Lufkin vs Whitehouse

Midland Lee senior defensive back Juwan Lee (6) and his teammates stretch prior to their rivalry game against the Odessa Permian Panthers on Oct. 12, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas. The Panthers beat the Rebels 45-28 in this year's installment of one of the most storied rivalries in high school football nationwide.

Midland Lee fan Stephanie Fortune watches as young Rebels fans play catch prior to the Rebels' rivalry game against Odessa Permian played on Oct. 12, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas.
While the rivalry is renowned for being a central point in H. G. Bissinger's book, and subsequent movie, "Friday Night Lights," the Permian-Lee game raised to national prominence after a 20-year stretch from 1980 to 2000 in which both schools were in the running for the state championship seemingly every year. During that stretch, Permian won the title four times, with Lee claiming three championships and each school claiming a national championship title.

Members of Midland Lee High School's drill Team, "The Dixie Dolls," watch as the Rebels head back to the locker room after warming up prior to their rivalry game against Odessa Permian on Oct. 12, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas.
Although both schools are far removed from their heyday as perennial state contenders, the annual game still draws over ten thousand attendees every year and is the most important game in both teams' schedules.

Odessa Permian cheerleaders run ahead of the Panthers as they enter the field for the second half of their rivalry game against Midland Lee on Oct. 12, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas.
In recent years, the rivalry has been a decidedly lopsided affair, with Permian winning seven of the last nine games, while the Rebels dominated the Panthers during the previous 11 meetings, winning 10 of them.

Midland Lee senior quarterback Wesley hall throws a pass during fourth quarter action of the Rebels' rivalry game against Odessa Permian played on Oct. 12, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas.
This year's contest featured a Panthers team with only one loss, while the Rebels came in to the game dragging a four-game losing streak. The Rebels kept it close early thanks to their defense, but couldn't hold fully stop the Panthers' offense en route to a dominating 45-28 victory.

Odessa Permian Senior wide receiver Taylor Thompson (12), junior defensive lineman Aaron Briswalter (55) and sophomore offensive lineman Jayce Rush (64) celebrate among teammates and cheerleaders after the Panthers defeated their archrival Midland Lee 45-28 on Oct. 10, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas.
Known popularly as "Mojo" after the chant started in the late 1960's, Permian counts itself as one of the elite programs in the state, with six state titles at the state's highest classification, seven undefeated seasons, close to 500 wins and two national championships to boast about.