The love of the game is helping two Texas communities heal.
Plano Senior High School played El Paso's Eastwood High School, just over a month after a mass shooting, allegedly at the hands of a Plano Senior High School graduate.
The game almost didn't happen.
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"I was outraged," said Plano Senior High School student Eloise Rorem-gale.
"They're a school. They had nothing to do with it. He graduated three years ago," said Rachel Chaves, the mother of a two El Paso students.
The game happened because of teamwork on a statewide scale.
Other schools that were supposed to play at The Star agreed to play at Toyota Stadium, making the The Star and it's enhanced security available.
"Tonight, guys, is about a lot more than football," Eastwood Head Coach Julio Lopez said in a huddle before the game.
Still mourning the 22 people killed in the shooting, last weekend the team was hit with heartbreak again.
They paid tribute before the game to a former player who drowned over the weekend.
Several players were brought to tears as the national anthem played.
Several businesses donated meals, hotel rooms and entertainment after the game.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones personally greeted the team at The Star, shaking hands with each player.