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 Denison linebackers warm up in front of a burning sky prior to the Yellow Jackets' annual rivalry game against Sherman High School on Oct. 17, 2014 in Denison, Texas. The Denison-Sherman annual rivalry game, known as "The Battle of the Axe," is the longest continuously played rivalry game in the state of Texas, dating back to 1901. The winner of the annual game takes possession of an axe-shaped trophy which has the scores of every game engraved in its blade. During this year's edition of "The Battle of the Axe," Denison dominated Sherman 42-20 on their way to picking up the school's 40th rivalry win and keep the axe in Denison for the second year in a row.
       
     
 A Katy High School fan drives a Katy-themed convertible past Jack F. Rhodes Memorial Stadium prior to the Tigers' homecoming game against the Katy Taylor Mustangs on Sept. 26, 2014 in Katy, Texas. The Tigers would go on to play an almost flawless game and beat the Mustangs 50 - 7. Probably the most recognizable high school football team in the state, the Katy Tigers are used to blowout victories and state championship seasons, with 12 appearances and six wins in the final game during the last 20 years.
       
     
 Jayton Jaybirds Freshman Judd Latham sits in the Jaybirds locker room before the start of their bi-district playoff game against the Guthrie Jaguars on Nov. 14, 2014. The Jaguars lived up to their billing as state champion contenders and beat the Jaybirds 84-34. Guthrie and Jayton play six-man football, a variety reserved for the smallest schools in the state, which often do not have the enrollment to field a full 11-man team. Six-man football was invented in Nebraska in 1934, with the UIL adopting the variant for official competition in Texas four years later, with 55 schools competing that year. Today, there are over 130 public schools participating in UIL competition, along with over 50 private schools in other leagues. While Jayton and Guthrie are among those that have played six-man football almost their entire existence, many present-day powerhouses in higher classifications got their start playing six-man in the 40's and 50's. Katy and Pearland, perennial 6A title contenders out of the Houston area, only fielded six-man teams in their early years, along with Friendswood, Cooperas Cove and more.
       
     
 Midland Lee senior defensive back Juwan Lee (6) and his teammates stretch prior to their rivalry game against the Odessa Permian Panthers on Oct. 12, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas. The Panthers beat the Rebels 45-28 in this year's installment of one of the most storied rivalries in high school football nationwide. While the rivalry is renowned for being a central point in H. G. Bissinger's book, and subsequent movie, "Friday Night Lights," the Permian-Lee game raised to national prominence after a 20-year stretch from 1980 to 2000 in which both schools were in the running for the state championship seemingly every year. During that stretch, Permian won the title four times, with Lee claiming three championships and each school claiming a national championship title. Although both schools are far removed from their heyday as perennial state contenders, the annual game still draws over ten thousand attendees every year and is the most important game in both teams' schedules.
       
     
 Members of St. Anthony's drumline walk to the field enveloped in trash bags and ponchos to guard against the heavy rain in which the Yellow Jackets played their week 5 high school football game against St. Stephen's Episcopal played on September 27, 2014 at Lang Field in San Antonio, Texas. Along with most other private schools in the state, St. Anthony is barred from entering UIL competition, under which most high school football in Texas is organized. Instead, St. Anthony competes under the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAAPS) along with over 200 other private schools in the state.
       
     
 A member of Lufkin High School's "Panther Pride" drill team sits in the empty stands prior to the Panther's homecoming football game against Whitehouse played on Oct. 3, 2014 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, Texas. Established in 1905, Lufkin High has a proud football tradition dating back to the 1930s and '40s, when head coach Abe Martin led the Panthers to four district championships and only ten losses in seven years. The town's football success was continued by Dunbar High School, the segregated African-American high school in Lufkin, and its conquest of three state championship titles in the 1960's. After Lufkin High's integration in 1970, the Panthers have continuously produced eventual NFL players, including current Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant, and were crowned state champions in 2001.
       
     
 Southlake Carroll players Steven Stewart (43),Grant Stewart (64), Connor Lanham (9) and John Miscoll (59) run out of the tunnel prior to the second half of the Dragons' senior night game against Haltom on Oct. 31, 2014 at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, Texas. Southlake Carroll handily beat Haltom 62-0. The Carroll Dragons are one of the most successful programs in Texas high school football, having won eight state championships, which ties them with Celina High School for most in state history. The Dragons have seemingly been a powerhouse since the school's establishment in 1965, but their statewide fame did not arrive until the 1980's when, led by legendary coach Bob Ledbetter, they dominated the 3A classification with 72 consecutive regular season victories and three state titles in 1988, 1992 and 1993.
       
     
 A Sherman High School fan and his sign are engulfed in smoke after the Bearcats' entrance into Munson Stadium prior to their football game against Denison High School on Oct. 17, 2014 in Denison, Texas. During the rivalry's 113 years of existence, the Yellow Jackets and Bearcats have met at least once annually, with the exception of six years in which the teams didn't play, including 1918 and 1919, during World War I.
       
     
 Members of Denison High School's drill team, The Stingerettes, perform outside Munson Stadium prior to the Yellow Jackets' football game against Sherman High School on Oct. 17, 2014 in Denison, Texas. The Denison-Sherman annual rivalry game, known as "The Battle of the Axe," is the longest continuously played rivalry game in the state of Texas, dating back to 1901. The winner of the annual game takes possession of an axe-shaped trophy which has the scores of every game engraved in its blade.
       
     
 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. Better known as "The Puncher Dome," Schulze Stadium was built in the late 1930's and originally used as a racetrack. It owes its nickname to 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.
       
     
 The Whitehouse High School drumline plays for excited fans and cheerleaders following halftime of the Wildcats' week 6 high school football game against Lufkin High School played on Oct. 3, 2014 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, Texas.
Down by 28 points in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats mounted a frenetic rally but were eventually eight points away from spoiling the Panthers' homecoming game and lost by a score of 48-52.
       
     
 Lufkin High School kicker Javier Montes (14) converts a point-after-touchdown during first quarter action of the Pack's homecoming football game against Whitehouse played on Oct. 3, 2014 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, Texas. Lufkin was rocked in late 2011 when it received the news that John Outlaw, its head coach for 17 years, passed away after a heart attack. Soon after, the Panther community dedicated its playing field to head coach John Outlaw, and since 2012 the Pack has played its games at John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium. Outlaw's legacy at Lufkin includes over 160 games won, three trips to the state semi-finals and a state championship victory in 2001.
       
     
 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.
       
     
 Odessa Permian Senior wide receiver Taylor Thompson (12), junior defensive lineman Aaron Briswalter (55) and sophomore offensive lineman Jayce Rush (64) celebrate among teammates and cheerleaders after the Panthers defeated their archrival Midland Lee 45-28 on Oct. 10, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas. Known popularly as "Mojo" after the chant started in the late 1960's, Permian counts itself as one of the elite programs in the state, with six state titles at the state's highest classification, seven undefeated seasons, 500 wins and two national championships to boast about.
       
     
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 Denison linebackers warm up in front of a burning sky prior to the Yellow Jackets' annual rivalry game against Sherman High School on Oct. 17, 2014 in Denison, Texas. The Denison-Sherman annual rivalry game, known as "The Battle of the Axe," is the longest continuously played rivalry game in the state of Texas, dating back to 1901. The winner of the annual game takes possession of an axe-shaped trophy which has the scores of every game engraved in its blade. During this year's edition of "The Battle of the Axe," Denison dominated Sherman 42-20 on their way to picking up the school's 40th rivalry win and keep the axe in Denison for the second year in a row.
       
     

Denison linebackers warm up in front of a burning sky prior to the Yellow Jackets' annual rivalry game against Sherman High School on Oct. 17, 2014 in Denison, Texas.
The Denison-Sherman annual rivalry game, known as "The Battle of the Axe," is the longest continuously played rivalry game in the state of Texas, dating back to 1901. The winner of the annual game takes possession of an axe-shaped trophy which has the scores of every game engraved in its blade.
During this year's edition of "The Battle of the Axe," Denison dominated Sherman 42-20 on their way to picking up the school's 40th rivalry win and keep the axe in Denison for the second year in a row.

 A Katy High School fan drives a Katy-themed convertible past Jack F. Rhodes Memorial Stadium prior to the Tigers' homecoming game against the Katy Taylor Mustangs on Sept. 26, 2014 in Katy, Texas. The Tigers would go on to play an almost flawless game and beat the Mustangs 50 - 7. Probably the most recognizable high school football team in the state, the Katy Tigers are used to blowout victories and state championship seasons, with 12 appearances and six wins in the final game during the last 20 years.
       
     

A Katy High School fan drives a Katy-themed convertible past Jack F. Rhodes Memorial Stadium prior to the Tigers' homecoming game against the Katy Taylor Mustangs on Sept. 26, 2014 in Katy, Texas. The Tigers would go on to play an almost flawless game and beat the Mustangs 50 - 7. Probably the most recognizable high school football team in the state, the Katy Tigers are used to blowout victories and state championship seasons, with 12 appearances and six wins in the final game during the last 20 years.

 Jayton Jaybirds Freshman Judd Latham sits in the Jaybirds locker room before the start of their bi-district playoff game against the Guthrie Jaguars on Nov. 14, 2014. The Jaguars lived up to their billing as state champion contenders and beat the Jaybirds 84-34. Guthrie and Jayton play six-man football, a variety reserved for the smallest schools in the state, which often do not have the enrollment to field a full 11-man team. Six-man football was invented in Nebraska in 1934, with the UIL adopting the variant for official competition in Texas four years later, with 55 schools competing that year. Today, there are over 130 public schools participating in UIL competition, along with over 50 private schools in other leagues. While Jayton and Guthrie are among those that have played six-man football almost their entire existence, many present-day powerhouses in higher classifications got their start playing six-man in the 40's and 50's. Katy and Pearland, perennial 6A title contenders out of the Houston area, only fielded six-man teams in their early years, along with Friendswood, Cooperas Cove and more.
       
     

Jayton Jaybirds Freshman Judd Latham sits in the Jaybirds locker room before the start of their bi-district playoff game against the Guthrie Jaguars on Nov. 14, 2014. The Jaguars lived up to their billing as state champion contenders and beat the Jaybirds 84-34.
Guthrie and Jayton play six-man football, a variety reserved for the smallest schools in the state, which often do not have the enrollment to field a full 11-man team.
Six-man football was invented in Nebraska in 1934, with the UIL adopting the variant for official competition in Texas four years later, with 55 schools competing that year. Today, there are over 130 public schools participating in UIL competition, along with over 50 private schools in other leagues. While Jayton and Guthrie are among those that have played six-man football almost their entire existence, many present-day powerhouses in higher classifications got their start playing six-man in the 40's and 50's. Katy and Pearland, perennial 6A title contenders out of the Houston area, only fielded six-man teams in their early years, along with Friendswood, Cooperas Cove and more.

 Midland Lee senior defensive back Juwan Lee (6) and his teammates stretch prior to their rivalry game against the Odessa Permian Panthers on Oct. 12, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas. The Panthers beat the Rebels 45-28 in this year's installment of one of the most storied rivalries in high school football nationwide. While the rivalry is renowned for being a central point in H. G. Bissinger's book, and subsequent movie, "Friday Night Lights," the Permian-Lee game raised to national prominence after a 20-year stretch from 1980 to 2000 in which both schools were in the running for the state championship seemingly every year. During that stretch, Permian won the title four times, with Lee claiming three championships and each school claiming a national championship title. Although both schools are far removed from their heyday as perennial state contenders, the annual game still draws over ten thousand attendees every year and is the most important game in both teams' schedules.
       
     

Midland Lee senior defensive back Juwan Lee (6) and his teammates stretch prior to their rivalry game against the Odessa Permian Panthers on Oct. 12, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas. The Panthers beat the Rebels 45-28 in this year's installment of one of the most storied rivalries in high school football nationwide.
While the rivalry is renowned for being a central point in H. G. Bissinger's book, and subsequent movie, "Friday Night Lights," the Permian-Lee game raised to national prominence after a 20-year stretch from 1980 to 2000 in which both schools were in the running for the state championship seemingly every year. During that stretch, Permian won the title four times, with Lee claiming three championships and each school claiming a national championship title.
Although both schools are far removed from their heyday as perennial state contenders, the annual game still draws over ten thousand attendees every year and is the most important game in both teams' schedules.

 Members of St. Anthony's drumline walk to the field enveloped in trash bags and ponchos to guard against the heavy rain in which the Yellow Jackets played their week 5 high school football game against St. Stephen's Episcopal played on September 27, 2014 at Lang Field in San Antonio, Texas. Along with most other private schools in the state, St. Anthony is barred from entering UIL competition, under which most high school football in Texas is organized. Instead, St. Anthony competes under the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAAPS) along with over 200 other private schools in the state.
       
     

Members of St. Anthony's drumline walk to the field enveloped in trash bags and ponchos to guard against the heavy rain in which the Yellow Jackets played their week 5 high school football game against St. Stephen's Episcopal played on September 27, 2014 at Lang Field in San Antonio, Texas.
Along with most other private schools in the state, St. Anthony is barred from entering UIL competition, under which most high school football in Texas is organized. Instead, St. Anthony competes under the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAAPS) along with over 200 other private schools in the state.

 A member of Lufkin High School's "Panther Pride" drill team sits in the empty stands prior to the Panther's homecoming football game against Whitehouse played on Oct. 3, 2014 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, Texas. Established in 1905, Lufkin High has a proud football tradition dating back to the 1930s and '40s, when head coach Abe Martin led the Panthers to four district championships and only ten losses in seven years. The town's football success was continued by Dunbar High School, the segregated African-American high school in Lufkin, and its conquest of three state championship titles in the 1960's. After Lufkin High's integration in 1970, the Panthers have continuously produced eventual NFL players, including current Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant, and were crowned state champions in 2001.
       
     

A member of Lufkin High School's "Panther Pride" drill team sits in the empty stands prior to the Panther's homecoming football game against Whitehouse played on Oct. 3, 2014 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, Texas.
Established in 1905, Lufkin High has a proud football tradition dating back to the 1930s and '40s, when head coach Abe Martin led the Panthers to four district championships and only ten losses in seven years.
The town's football success was continued by Dunbar High School, the segregated African-American high school in Lufkin, and its conquest of three state championship titles in the 1960's. After Lufkin High's integration in 1970, the Panthers have continuously produced eventual NFL players, including current Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant, and were crowned state champions in 2001.

 Southlake Carroll players Steven Stewart (43),Grant Stewart (64), Connor Lanham (9) and John Miscoll (59) run out of the tunnel prior to the second half of the Dragons' senior night game against Haltom on Oct. 31, 2014 at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, Texas. Southlake Carroll handily beat Haltom 62-0. The Carroll Dragons are one of the most successful programs in Texas high school football, having won eight state championships, which ties them with Celina High School for most in state history. The Dragons have seemingly been a powerhouse since the school's establishment in 1965, but their statewide fame did not arrive until the 1980's when, led by legendary coach Bob Ledbetter, they dominated the 3A classification with 72 consecutive regular season victories and three state titles in 1988, 1992 and 1993.
       
     

Southlake Carroll players Steven Stewart (43),Grant Stewart (64), Connor Lanham (9) and John Miscoll (59) run out of the tunnel prior to the second half of the Dragons' senior night game against Haltom on Oct. 31, 2014 at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, Texas. Southlake Carroll handily beat Haltom 62-0.
The Carroll Dragons are one of the most successful programs in Texas high school football, having won eight state championships, which ties them with Celina High School for most in state history.
The Dragons have seemingly been a powerhouse since the school's establishment in 1965, but their statewide fame did not arrive until the 1980's when, led by legendary coach Bob Ledbetter, they dominated the 3A classification with 72 consecutive regular season victories and three state titles in 1988, 1992 and 1993.

 A Sherman High School fan and his sign are engulfed in smoke after the Bearcats' entrance into Munson Stadium prior to their football game against Denison High School on Oct. 17, 2014 in Denison, Texas. During the rivalry's 113 years of existence, the Yellow Jackets and Bearcats have met at least once annually, with the exception of six years in which the teams didn't play, including 1918 and 1919, during World War I.
       
     

A Sherman High School fan and his sign are engulfed in smoke after the Bearcats' entrance into Munson Stadium prior to their football game against Denison High School on Oct. 17, 2014 in Denison, Texas.
During the rivalry's 113 years of existence, the Yellow Jackets and Bearcats have met at least once annually, with the exception of six years in which the teams didn't play, including 1918 and 1919, during World War I.

 Members of Denison High School's drill team, The Stingerettes, perform outside Munson Stadium prior to the Yellow Jackets' football game against Sherman High School on Oct. 17, 2014 in Denison, Texas. The Denison-Sherman annual rivalry game, known as "The Battle of the Axe," is the longest continuously played rivalry game in the state of Texas, dating back to 1901. The winner of the annual game takes possession of an axe-shaped trophy which has the scores of every game engraved in its blade.
       
     

Members of Denison High School's drill team, The Stingerettes, perform outside Munson Stadium prior to the Yellow Jackets' football game against Sherman High School on Oct. 17, 2014 in Denison, Texas.
The Denison-Sherman annual rivalry game, known as "The Battle of the Axe," is the longest continuously played rivalry game in the state of Texas, dating back to 1901. The winner of the annual game takes possession of an axe-shaped trophy which has the scores of every game engraved in its blade.

 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. Better known as "The Puncher Dome," Schulze Stadium was built in the late 1930's and originally used as a racetrack. It owes its nickname to 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.
       
     

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.
Better known as "The Puncher Dome," Schulze Stadium was built in the late 1930's and originally used as a racetrack. It owes its nickname to 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.

 The Whitehouse High School drumline plays for excited fans and cheerleaders following halftime of the Wildcats' week 6 high school football game against Lufkin High School played on Oct. 3, 2014 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, Texas.
Down by 28 points in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats mounted a frenetic rally but were eventually eight points away from spoiling the Panthers' homecoming game and lost by a score of 48-52.
       
     

The Whitehouse High School drumline plays for excited fans and cheerleaders following halftime of the Wildcats' week 6 high school football game against Lufkin High School played on Oct. 3, 2014 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, Texas. Down by 28 points in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats mounted a frenetic rally but were eventually eight points away from spoiling the Panthers' homecoming game and lost by a score of 48-52.

 Lufkin High School kicker Javier Montes (14) converts a point-after-touchdown during first quarter action of the Pack's homecoming football game against Whitehouse played on Oct. 3, 2014 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, Texas. Lufkin was rocked in late 2011 when it received the news that John Outlaw, its head coach for 17 years, passed away after a heart attack. Soon after, the Panther community dedicated its playing field to head coach John Outlaw, and since 2012 the Pack has played its games at John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium. Outlaw's legacy at Lufkin includes over 160 games won, three trips to the state semi-finals and a state championship victory in 2001.
       
     

Lufkin High School kicker Javier Montes (14) converts a point-after-touchdown during first quarter action of the Pack's homecoming football game against Whitehouse played on Oct. 3, 2014 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, Texas.
Lufkin was rocked in late 2011 when it received the news that John Outlaw, its head coach for 17 years, passed away after a heart attack. Soon after, the Panther community dedicated its playing field to head coach John Outlaw, and since 2012 the Pack has played its games at John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium. Outlaw's legacy at Lufkin includes over 160 games won, three trips to the state semi-finals and a state championship victory in 2001.

 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.
       
     

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.

 Odessa Permian Senior wide receiver Taylor Thompson (12), junior defensive lineman Aaron Briswalter (55) and sophomore offensive lineman Jayce Rush (64) celebrate among teammates and cheerleaders after the Panthers defeated their archrival Midland Lee 45-28 on Oct. 10, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas. Known popularly as "Mojo" after the chant started in the late 1960's, Permian counts itself as one of the elite programs in the state, with six state titles at the state's highest classification, seven undefeated seasons, 500 wins and two national championships to boast about.
       
     

Odessa Permian Senior wide receiver Taylor Thompson (12), junior defensive lineman Aaron Briswalter (55) and sophomore offensive lineman Jayce Rush (64) celebrate among teammates and cheerleaders after the Panthers defeated their archrival Midland Lee 45-28 on Oct. 10, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas.
Known popularly as "Mojo" after the chant started in the late 1960's, Permian counts itself as one of the elite programs in the state, with six state titles at the state's highest classification, seven undefeated seasons, 500 wins and two national championships to boast about.