Sport: Pigskin Pyrotechnics

The longest and noisiest of all U.S. football seasons is the high school football season in Texas. From the Pecos to the Panhandle, 740 Texas Interscholastic League teams slug it out with everything but blackjacks. They usually get more newspaper space than college games, often draw bigger crowds. Fans (who include about everybody in Texas) get in there and cheer as if they were defending the Alamo with Davy Crockett.

This year's pyrotechnics topped them all. At Tahoka, disagreement over football policy ended in a tizzy when the school superintendent got his head...