When In Texas: Week 15 / by Guillermo Hernandez Martinez

The 2014 high school football season is quickly coming to a close, with only two weeks left in the state playoffs and a long eight months before the next regular season game. Private school competition has wrapped up and the UIL six-man classifications will do the same after their state championship games this weekend.

When In Texas paid a last visit to six-man football this past weekend, attending the semifinal match-up between the May Tigers and Blum Bobcats, held at Pirate Stadium in Granbury, Texas. This was the project's second visit to a six-man game, after the Jayton-Guthrie contest during the first round of the playoffs.

Classified amongst the smallest schools in the state, May and Blum's version of football features a shorter and narrower field of play, no restrictions on who can receive a forward pass, some scoring differences and, most importantly, only twelve total players on the field at all times.

While both teams have consistently made the playoffs in recent years, it was May who came in as the more experienced team, having appeared in last season's state championship game, while Blum's team was making the deepest playoff run in school history. May's experience would help them to eventually take down the Bobcats 60-38, thus reaching the title game for the fifth time in school history.

Fans from both teams traveled over 50 miles to be a part of the game, with the estimated attendance of 600 being just short of the total combined population of both towns, hovering around 800 inhabitants.

After the win, the Tigers will travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington to take on the Crowell Wildcats looking for May's second-ever state championship title.

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
Week 13: Weslaco vs Laredo United

The May Tigers and Blum Bobcats line up against each other during their UIL playoffs semifinal round played at Pirate Stadium in Granbury, Texas on Dec. 6, 2014. May won the contest 60-38, advancing to the class-1A state championship game.
UIL's 1A classification is reserved for the smallest public high schools in Texas and features six-man football instead of the traditional 11-man version of the game. This scaled-down version of the game is played with slightly different rules than its full-size counterpart, including a shorter and narrower field of play, no restrictions on who can receive a forward pass, slight scoring differences, among others. (NOTE: Image was processed using digital enhancement effects)

Blum players warm up before the start of their semifinal playoff game against the May Tigers on Dec. 6, 2014 at Pirate Stadium in Granbury, Texas.
This year's Bobcat team has gone farther into the playoffs than any other team representing Blum, a town with less than 500 inhabitants. The May Tigers, on the other hand, were trying to reach the state title game for the fifth time in program history and hope to win the school's second state championship.

A Blum Bobcats fan worriedly looks on as the May offense proves too tough to contain on its way to defeating the Bobcats 60-38 in their state playoff semifinal game on Dec. 6, 2014 at Pirate Stadium in Granbury, Texas and advancing to the 1A state championship game to be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Six-man football often involves a larger percent of a town's population, and the relationship between fans and team tends to be more intimate. This relationship was reflected in the number of fans traveling over 50 miles to watch their teams. The May and Blum matchup, featuring wo towns with a combined population of less than 800, drew an estimated attendance of 600 to Pirate Stadium.

Blum players warm up before the start of their semifinal playoff game against the May Tigers on Dec. 6, 2014 at Pirate Stadium in Granbury, Texas.
During the state playoffs, school districts often rent out their stadiums to host playoff games as neutral sites. While the rental fee normally goes to the district's budget, booster clubs for band, cheerleaders or other organizations often keep the money they make operating concession stands and other amenities. During the 2014 playoffs, Granbury's Pirate Stadium played host to four playoff games, with a total attendance estimated between four and five thousand, according to the Athletic Department.

May Tigers seniors Brant Harris (7) and Isaac Williams (24) kiss the State Semi-Final Champions trophy after defeating the Blum Bobcats 60-38 on Dec. 6, 2014 at Pirate Stadium in Granbury, Texas and advancing to the UIL class-1A state championship game. This will be the Tigers' fourth appearance in the last game of the season, which they have only won once: in 1977.