When In Texas: Week 4 / by Guillermo Hernandez Martinez

It has been a month since I started out on my first road trip of the 2014 Texas High School Football season. I have driven over 2250 miles in visits to The Woodlands, Mason, New London and, most recently, El Paso in order to document the experience of the state-wide phenomenon of high school football. So far I've ran into everything from Mason High School boosters raffling off an AR-15 rifle before the game to a One Direction concert backing up traffic everywhere around El Paso High School, and with more than two thirds of the way to go I am sure there are crazier things to come.

This week, When In Texas took me to El Paso High School, home of the Tigers. Built in 1916 at the foot of the Franklin Mountains overlooking El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, El Paso High is the oldest high school in the border city, as well as one of the most beautiful in the state. Its Classic Revival architecture, designed by famed architectural firm Trost & Trost, overlooks one of the first concrete stadiums in the country: R. R. Jones Stadium.

Only the third-oldest active high school football stadium in the state, R. R. Jones Stadium boasts a unique design, as well as incredible views at either end of the field. Nestled in between a scenic cliff and the school's Corinthian porch, R. R. Jones Stadium is consistently mentioned as one of the top high school football stadiums not only in the state, but in the whole country.

Please enjoy the images, stay tuned for next week's post featuring the oldest active stadium in the state and catch up with the previous installments of When In Texas either by scrolling down or clicking on the following:
Week 1: Woodlands College Park vs Pearland
Week 2: Mason vs De Leon
Week 3: West Rusk vs Sabine
 

El Paso High School junior quarterback and defensive back Angel Lepe (12) and senior kicker Bailey Dickerson (14) stand alongside their teammates during the playing of the United States National Anthem prior to the Tigers week 4 high school football game against the Jefferson Silva High School Silver Foxes played on September 19, 2014 at R. R. Jones Stadium in El Paso, Texas. El Paso won the contest 18 - 7.

Jefferson High junior quarterback Jan Amato lines up his team during third quarter action of the Silver Foxes week 4 high school football game against El Paso High played on September 19, 2014 at R. R. Jones Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
Located at the southern-most foot of the Franklin Mountains, R. R. Jones Stadium overlooks central El Paso as well as the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Jefferson Silva High School's drill team (top) is visited by the home team's dance team during fourth quarter action of the Jefferson vs El Paso high school football game played on September 19, 2014 at R. R. Jones Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
A sportsmanship and hospitality gesture, spirit squads for the home team visit their counterparts in the visitor stands, with the senior captains for both teams introducing their members and then taking photos together.

El Paso High School band members celebrate their team's 18 - 7 win over Jefferson Silva High School during their week 4 game played on September 19, 2014 at R. R. Jones Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
Built along with El Paso High in 1916, R. Randolph Jones Stadium is the third-oldest active high school football stadium in the state, and one of the first concrete stadiums to be built in the country.

El Paso High senior linebacker Rodolfo Payan (42) sacks Jefferson Silva High School junior quarterback Jan Amato during fourth quarter action of the week 4 game played between the schools on September 19, 2014 at R. R. Jones Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
R. R. Jones Stadium is overlooked by the Classical Revival architecture of El Paso High School, highlighted by the six towering pillars making up its Corinthian porch at the main entrance to the school.

The El Paso High School Tiger mascot fist bumps Jefferson Silva High School cheerleaders during fourth quarter action of the Tigers and Silver Foxes football game played on September 19, 2014 at R. R. Jones Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
El Paso High School is now undergoing preparations for its centennial celebration to be held during the 2015-2016 school year. The Tigers' hope is that its football team can continue its recent improvement under coach Robert Morales, who helped the Tigers break a streak of 10 consecutive losing seasons, and add another reason to celebrate next year.