Miguel (left) and Luis Castillo speak at the Mason Punchers' last pep rally of the football season on Dec. 17, 2014 at Mason High School in Mason, Texas. It was also the last pep rally of the Castillo's lives, as they will graduate from high school this year and hope to attend the Naval Academy in 2015.
Eliseo "Eli" Castillo (center) sits in between his sons Miguel (left) and Luis at Gigi's, the Castillo family's convenience store and gas station in Mason, Texas on Dec. 15, 2014. By trying to attend the Naval Academy, the Castillo twins are following in the family's military service tradition, with their father and oldest brother having both served in the Navy.
Luis Castillo (left) and cheerleaders Staci Habecker (middle) and Madelyn Glentz look at the regional newspaper's front page, where both Habecker and Glentz are featured above Mason's semifinal victory recap. Luis would later tell his friends about a bet he made with Habecker, "if we win state, she has to kiss me."
Luis Castillo talks to classmates in a hallway at Mason High School while he kills time before the first practice of the day on Dec. 16, 2014 in Mason, Texas. Luis and Miguel's life is consumed by school and athletics. "There's not much to do in Mason, so we try to stay busy with sports," says Luis. They have both excelled in the school's basketball, track, baseball and tennis teams, in addition to playing both ways in the football team. They have also each been awarded several places in both academic and athletic all-state teams throughout their career.
Miguel (left) and Luis Castillo pack up their clothes on Dec. 16, 2014 at their home in Mason, Texas as they prepare for the next day's journey to Fort Worth, where they will practice before the state title game on Dec. 18. While both brothers were part of Mason's state championship team as freshmen, this game has much more significance for them. "We were on special teams that year," said Luis, so now that they are quarterback (Miguel) and running back (Luis), the pressure is much heavier.
Luis Castillo waves to cheering fans as he boards the bus that will take the team to Fort Worth, where the Punchers will practice in TCU's campus later that day. A large number of fans were out in Mason's streets to wave and wish good luck to the team as they start their journey out of Mason, Texas on Dec. 17, 2014.
Luis (left), Miguel (middle) and their cousin Kyle Zavala take turns answering questions during a telephone interview with a regional reporter at the Castillo's house on Dec. 16, 2014. Most of the Castillo's extended family lives in Mason, but they are the closest with Kyle, a fellow senior and star football player.
Luis Castillo practices punting at Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility in the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 17, 2014.
Miguel Castillo and Garret Bibb, his roommate for the night, test the beds in the team hotel on Dec. 17, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. While both brothers dream of attending the Naval Academy, Miguel would seem to be a step closer to the dream after attending the Academy's Summer Seminar program for high school seniors, in which he excelled. "They even put him in charge of the other students, he came back so happy," said his proud mother.
Mason Punchers seniors and captains Rylee Owen (44), Luis Castillo (27), Kyle Zavala (77) and Miguel Castillo (2) walk towards midfield at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Dec. 18, 2014 for the Texas 2A State Championship Game coin toss. Luis and Miguel grew up very close to Owen and Zavala, and all four have played together throughout their high school careers.
Miguel Castillo jumps over the goal line to score Mason's only touchdown of the 2014 Class 2A Texas State Championship Game played on Dec. 18, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The Punchers were defeated 34-7 by a dominating Canadian High School team in what was the final game of Luis and Miguel Castillo's high school football careers.
Luis Castillo stands in dejection seconds after the last game of his career ended with a 34-7 defeat at the hands of Canadian High School on Dec. 18, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The Punchers were outplayed from the start of the game, only managing to score one touchdown in the first series of the game.