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An Extra Point That's Drawn Extra Attention

Sep 28, 2015

An extra point in football is usually uneventful, a mere afterthought.

But in Texas, kicker Luis Aranda of Midland's Robert E. Lee High School turned his attempt into a viral video.

His kick cleared the defensive line, but was far to low. The ball smacked a referee in the head, knocking off his cap. The ball ricocheted upward, hitting the crossbar and bouncing over for a successful attempt.

Robert E. Lee went on to beat El Dorado, of El Paso, 35-16.

Mack Breed

According to district officials, an assistant coach at John Jay High School in San Antonio has admitted he told two players to blindside a referee while playing a game against Marble Falls High School on Friday, September 4.  But news of coach’s directive isn’t as surprising to those studying the changing ethics of the game.

David Martin Davies

High school football in small-town Texas is a spectacle. There's the high kicking dance team, the marching band, the cheerleaders, and finally the football team rushing onto the field. On this night, it looks like the entire population of Marble Falls is wearing purple and filling the school’s stadium to cheer for their Mustangs.

“It’s Friday night – Friday Night Football,” says Diana Cox. She's on the sidelines, watching her son play for the Marble Falls Mustangs.

David Martin Davies

There’s growing concern that high school football players who suffer concussions may be at greater risk for the early onset of degenerative brain diseases. 

"Hurry up,  hurry up!" a coach yells at the players on the Alamo Heights Football team during practice.

There’s no lollygagging for the Alamo Heights Mules.

David Martin Davies

Football is about hitting and being hit, so it’s expected that players will suffer some injuries. But what happens when high school football players receive injuries that they don’t recover from, particularly brain injuries?

25 years ago H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger published the book "Friday Night Lights." 

He had quit his newspaper job at 34-years old to write a nonfiction novel about a small town football team in a backwater part of Texas. At the time he had no concept of what it would mean to his life and the lives of the people he wrote about. 

What does the story mean now?

Buzz Bissinger will be at the H-E-B on Potranco Road in San Antonio at 6pm Thursday as part of his book tour celebrating 25 years of "Friday Night Lights."

Ryan E. Poppe

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) says it will not suspend San Antonio's John Jay High School from playing in future football games this season.

Members of the UIL executive committee made that announcement Wednesday morning after a public meeting with representatives from the Northside Independent School District, the Marble Falls School District, and members of the Texas Association of Sports Officials. 

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension over under-inflated footballs in last season’s AFC title game was overturned by a federal judge last week, letting him start the season with his team tomorrow.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) says it will not suspend San Antonio's John Jay High School from playing in future football games this season.

Members of the UIL executive committee made that announcement Wednesday morning after a public meeting with representatives from the Northside Independent School District, the Marble Falls School District, and members of the Texas Association of Sports Officials. 

Two defensive backs from John Jay High School's football team are suspended — and could face criminal charges — after they teamed up to blindside a game official at the end of a football game in central Texas this weekend.

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