For the second round of the Texas high school playoffs, When In Texas visited historic Alamo Stadium in the heart of San Antonio for a South Texas matchup featuring Weslaco and Laredo United. While it's common for early-round playoff games to be played at a participating school's stadium, the vast majority of playoff games are played at neutral sites like Alamo Stadium, the largest capacity high school-only stadium in the state.
Built in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration as part of New Deal policies, the Alamo Stadium sits in a rock quarry in the historic Midtown area of the city. The stadium gets its nickname -- "the rock pile" -- thanks to its native limestone being present in almost the entirety of the structure. Owned and operated by the city's school district, the Alamo Stadium has played host to professional teams from various sports, but none of the tenants have been permanent. Today, "the rock pile" serves as the home football field for seven local high schools throughout the regular season, as well as holding around ten playoff games for schools across the state.
One of those games was the matchup between the Weslaco Panthers and Laredo United Longhorns, in which the Longhorns outraced the Panthers in an offensive showdown on their way to a 40-28 victory. Laredo United advanced to the third round, where they will match up with San Antonio-area powerhouse Converse Judson.
Catch up with the previous episodes of When In Texas by visiting the entries below and stay tuned for the next week of the playoffs.
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
Week 8: Denison vs Sherman
Week 10: Southlake Carroll vs Haltom
Week 11: Sweetwater vs Lamesa
Week 12: Jayton vs Guthrie