Eastwood Head Coach Julio Lopez speaks to both teams before the start of the game while embracing Plano Senior High Head Coach Jaydon McCullough, encouraging team members to greet each other before the game. (via Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Eastwood wide receiver Nathan Samaniego celebrates Eastwood’s first touchdown early in the first quarter. (via Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact)
Patty Borrego, David Graves and Rachel Anguiana cheer for their home team Eastwood as they near the goal line. Borrego wears a hat she hand decorated with the shape of Texas on the front and “El Paso Strong” on the back. (via Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Planoettes dedicated their halftime performance to Eastwood High and later joined the bands as they played combined tunes. (via Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Eastwood High’s band joined the field during Plano Senior High’s band performance. The group played together after two rehearsals earlier that week. (via Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Plano Senior High student section cheered loudly for the Plano and Eastwood bands after their combined performance. (via Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
This large wooden plaque was given to Plano Senior High by Eastwood High. The plaque was created by a Ysleta ISD coach from another high school. Plano gave the Eastwood school a unity circle. (via Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Members of the Plano community, including Plano ISD students and staff, showed their support for Ysleta ISD’s Eastwood High at the football game against Plano Senior High School on Sept. 5.
Many in the El Paso community are still recovering after a mass shooting just over one month ago that left 22 people dead.
Plano ISD had some initial concerns about security for the high school game, but those were resolved once Frisco ISD and the Dallas Cowboys offered use of the Ford Center at The Star.
The two teams shared words, hugs and high-fives before the game began, while the schools exchanged gifts on the sidelines. At halftime, bands and drill teams from both high schools performed a combined halftime show.
Prior to the game, Ysleta ISD board of trustees president Mr. Cruz A. Ochoa shared a few words at a media reception that included city council members, school board trustees and district administrations from Frisco ISD, PISD and YISD.
“Look at this. After all this tragedy, something good has come out of it,” Ochoa said. “We are Texans; we are Americans; we’re part of this duo.”
Members of each city and school also spoke at the reception.