This week's edition of When In Texas comes out one week late since I had the honor of participating in the 2014 Mountain Workshops last week and was unable to take the time to work on Week 8's post of this project.
Keeping with Week 7's rivalry theme, this instance of When In Texas features the longest continuously played rivalry in the state of Texas: Sherman vs Denison's "Battle of the Axe."
With a history spanning 113 years back to 1901, the Bearcats and Yellow Jackets have played each other 116 times, with the Sherman Bearcats resulting victorious 68 times to Denison's 40, including the two most recent editions.
The rivalry's most visible symbol is an axe trophy with the scores of each game engraved in its blade. "The Axe" has been awarded to the annual game's winner since 1949, when it was donated to the schools by Denison businessman Jack Barker in order to stop vandalism associated with the rivalry.
This year's battle was held at Dr. Rene and Eva Gerard Field at Munson Stadium in Denison, home of the Yellow Jackets. Originally built by Works Progress Administration as part of New Deal policy in 1940, Munson Stadium underwent a complete renovation before this season. The six-million dollar project included a new walkway leading to the stadium entrance from Downtown Denison, as well as a rebuilding of the home side stands and press box. The newly built features were witness to a dominating 42-20 victory by the Yellow Jackets, who picked up their 40th rivalry win and secured possession of The Axe for one more year.
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
Week 7: Midland Lee vs Odessa Permian