The two top teams in the city – who just happen to belong to Ysleta ISD – met up Friday Night in what many billed as the ‘Game of the Week.’
Traveling to the Mission Valley, the Matadors wanted a statement win on the home turf of the 6-0 Indians. When the dust cleared, it was Parkland who came away with the 57-21 win.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’
For the Mighty Tribe in the Valley, the Ysleta Indians faced one of the toughest battles of the 2018 season, hosting the always-tough Canutillo Eagles.
As Mother Nature opened up her sprinklers, both teams battled it out on the thoroughly-soaked YHS turf. In the end, the Indians prevailed, edging the Eagles 18-15.
Longtime Ysleta HS teacher Mr. Paul Cain will be remembered during the Ysleta HS Homecoming festivities on the reservation as Grand Marshal during the annual Homecoming parade.
The parade will take place on Friday morning, September 21.
Mr. Cain was a member of the Ysleta High School faculty for the entire 42 years of his career. He was born in Syracuse, NY, son of Paul V. and Mary D. Cain. Raised in New York City, he attended St. Francis Xavier High School, St. Bonaventure University and achieved master degrees from Oklahoma University and UTEP.
After graduation from college, Paul fulfilled a lifelong ambition to serve and joined the army, serving 10 years. For his service in Vietnam, Paul was awarded numerous citations including the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
In 1976, Mr. Cain began teaching at Ysleta High School where he continued to teach math, computer science, statistics and physics for 42 years up until last June. He perpetually put off retirement saying he would retire when teaching wasn’t fun anymore. Since that moment never came, he never retired.
Mr. Cain was widely known as a driving force in academic competition in El Paso – running city-wide High-Q tournaments, guiding his students through Academic Decathlon and UIL Academic competitions.
Ysleta’s team has won the city High-Q championship 10 times – most recently last year in a special televised match from the historic Plaza Theater, broadcast on KCOS-TV where he had served as tournament director for more than 30 years.
He has been an advocate, supporter and motivator for decades of students and their families. In 1992, five students from Ysleta’s graduating class were accepted to MIT – a remarkable achievement for any school.
The New York Times article about the event quoted then-principal Roger Parks as saying, “Three things the five students have in common are strong scientific and mathematical skills and one teacher: Paul Cain, an instructor in computer mathematics. They gravitate to him, and with him they build themselves to a competitive edge.”
The article goes on to say, “Mr. Cain said that the parents of the five students deserve most of the credit for their children’s accomplishment.”
Paul was a humble man but he deeply cherished the honor of being named Teacher of the Year from the state of Texas in 2008 and the nation-wide community of fellow Teachers of the Year the honor brought him. Mr. Cain passed away in August.
“We are the Indians. Our saying ‘Once an Indian…always an Indian’ means something to everyone who has ever attended this school. We ARE the Indians.” – Paul Cain
Schedule of Event for Friday, Sept. 21
9 a.m. – Homecoming parade begins at Speaking Rock employee parking, proceeds west on Alameda, concluding on Davis St. Parade will file into Hutchins Stadium for the Homecoming pep rally.
Homecoming Pep Rally – Immediately following parade. Enjoy performing groups and a message from Mr. Paul Cain’s family. All alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.
7 p.m. – Homecoming football game vs. Bowie HS.
For 90 years, Ysleta Indian faithful have switched on the lights in the Mission Valley, strapped on the helmets and pads, and played Texas High School Football.
On Friday night, the Burges Mustangs rolled into the valley looking to spoil the Indian’s 90th season opener. It was not a good nite for the Tribe, as the Mustangs stampeded the Indians 30-0.
For some, the high school football season ended just a few months ago, for others, that date may stretch back years; but for two teams it’s Friday Night Lights all over again, but on a Sunday.
After several games between high school rivals in the early twenty-teens, alumni football is back in the Borderland thanks to a new organization known as Gridiron Glory. Officials are hoping this revival of full-contact, alumni football is only the first step in allowing former high school football players to relive their glory days.
The organization provides all the equipment, all players need to do is organize a team and sign up on Gridiron’s webpage. As a first step to reviving what were very popular games, the organization is hoping this game proves popular.
The Ysleta Indians Alumni football team will be facing off against the Santa Teresa Warriors Alumni team this Sunday afternoon, with kickoff slated at 1:30. The game will be held at Bowie High School’s Baty-Simang Stadium and admission is only $7.