When In Texas: Week 13 / by Guillermo Hernandez Martinez

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

Weslaco High School fans line up outside the Alamo Stadium's gates before the Panthers' area playoff game against the Laredo United Longhorns on Nov. 22, 2014 at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
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. For the second round of the state playoffs, Alamo Stadium played host to two games, including the showdown between the Panthers and Longhorns on Saturday. 

Weslaco High School senior cornerback Undrae Galindo (21) stands during the playing of the national anthem before the Panthers' area playoff game against the Laredo United Longhorns on Nov. 22, 2014 at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
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.

Laredo United senior wide receiver Erik Corona (4) watches nervously as the Longhorns defense attempts to stop Weslaco's drive short of the end zone during their area playoff game on Nov. 22, 2014 at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
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.

Weslaco kicker Edward Limas stretches on the field goal post as his teammates warm up in front of him before second half action of the Panthers' area playoff game against Laredo United on Nov. 22, 2014 at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
Limas and the Panthers tried furiously to keep up with the Longhorns high-powered passing attack, but were unable to match United's offensive production and lost 40-28. Laredo United will now face their biggest test yet in San Antonio-area powerhouse Converse Judson.

Laredo United drill team members celebrate with wide receiver Derek Luna and his teammates after the Longhorns defeated Weslaco 40-28 on Nov. 22, 2014 at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas to advance to the third round of the Texas high school football playoffs, where they will face Converse Judson.

Laredo United quarterback Ignazio Tellez (9), wide receiver Erik Corona (4), defensive tackle Eddie Dominguez (56), safety Gus Trevino (3) and lineman Armando Valencia (51) celebrate in the Longhorns huddle after defeating the Weslaco Panthers in the area round of the Texas high school football playoffs on Nov. 22, 2014 at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.