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Tag: Permian


Bethel’s eyes opened wide at sight of West Texas football stadium

The Bethel football team arrived safely in Odessa, Texas, on Tuesday evening. Reporter Joel Erickson of the Odessa American caught up with the Braves during practice at Ratliff Stadium and wrote this story.

Odessa American photo editor Mark Sterkel passed along some photos from Tuesday. You can find them after the jump.

It sounds like it didn’t take long for the Braves to understand just how big high school football is in Texas.

When Shawn Santomassimo stepped into Ratliff Stadium for the first time, he couldn’t believe his eyes.

High school football stadiums in Washington aren’t built like Ratliff. Rising tall into the West Texas sky, massive concrete bleachers and a scoreboard bigger than the side of most two-story houses.
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Bethel lands in West Texas

The Bethel Braves boarded a pair of commercial flights this morning at Sea-Tac International Airport. Later this evening, they’ll be practicing on the turf at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas, preparing for their Thursday night game against Permian High School.

Here’s a story that ran in today’s paper on how the game came about, how the team paid for the trip and their thoughts on playing the school feature in the book Friday Night Lights.

Here’s a report from Permian’s game last week against Smithson Valley. The Panthers lost 6-0.