When in Texas... / by Guillermo Hernandez Martinez

Mason Punchers' wide receiver and backup quarterback Seth Hudson (21) warms up prior to Mason's Week 2 game against De Leon on September 5, 2014 at R. Clinton Schulze Stadium, better known as "The Puncherdome," in Mason, Texas. The Punchers dominated the Bearcats and won the contest 55-7.

Week 3 of the Texas high school football season is upon us and it's about time I share the photographs from my second football game of my project, newly called "When In Texas" thanks to my wife Danielle, documenting the high school football experience in Texas.

Mason Punchers' cheerleaders line up in front of the home crowd stands prior to Mason's Week 2 game against De Leon on September 5, 2014 at R. Clinton Schulze Stadium in Mason, Texas. Better known as "The Puncher Dome," Schulze Stadium was built in 1938 and was originally used as a horse racing venue.

For Week 2 I visited one of the most unique stadiums in Texas: R. Clinton Schulze Stadium, better known as "The Puncher Dome." Built in the late 1930's and originally used as a racetrack, The Puncher Dome gets its name from the covered grandstands on the home side of the field. Home of the Mason Punchers, a 2A school with just under 200 enrolled students, The Puncher Dome has been witness to over 70 seasons of Puncher football, with its most successful one being the state championship campaign of 2011.

Visiting De Leon fans wait for the second half of the Bearcats' Week 2 game against the Mason Punchers on September 5, 2014 at R. Clinton Schulze Stadium in Mason, Texas. The Puncher Dome received a slight facelift in 2008, when its stadium lights were upgraded and visitor's side refinished.

The small town atmosphere was palpable, and most of the town seemed to be present to watch what was a triumphant home opener for the Punchers, who beat over-matched De Leon 55 - 7.

Mason Punchers' Haden Hudson (28) breaks free for a big gain during fourth quarter action of Mason's Week 2 game against De Leon on September 5, 2014 at R. Clinton Schulze Stadium in Mason, Texas. On a typical Friday night, The Puncher Dome holds around 2000 people, many of whom line up the fences next to the covered grandstand in order to watch the Punchers.

Stay tuned for next week's post, as I continue my journey across the state by visiting another historical landmark: Bruce Bradshaw Stadium in New London, Texas.

Mason High School twirler Faith Ingracia performs along with the rest of the Puncher Band during halftime of Mason's Week 2 game against De Leon played on September 5, 2014 at R. Clinton Schulze Stadium in Mason, Texas.

Seth Hudson (21) and fellow Punchers salute the American flag as the National Anthem plays prior to Mason's Week 2 game against De Leon on September 5, 2014 at R. Clinton Schulze Stadium in Mason, Texas. Located in a town of just over 2000 people, Mason High is classified as a 2A school by the UIL due to its enrollment of less than 200 students.

The De Leon Bearcats are forced to punt as the sun sets on The Puncher Dome during their Week 2 visit to Mason on September 5, 2014 at R. Clinton Schulze Stadium in Mason, Texas. With two dominating wins in a row, the Punchers are expecting a repeat of their 2011 campaign, when they won the program's first ever state championship.