Every Friday night, NewsChannel 11 brings you the Endzone--complete coverage of high school football games in this area and that's because in West Texas, football stadiums light up the skies every Friday night.
Football in this area is so popular that H.G. Bissinger wrote a best selling novel called "Friday Night Lights." Now 14 years after the book's release, the novel is a movie. "Friday Night Lights" makes its Lubbock debut Friday night. The film chronicles Odessa High School's 1988 quest for the State Football Championship. Billy Bob Thorton and Tim McGraw star in the movie.
"It's more about camaraderie, the idea of a team, one common goal. The sort of idea that winning is placed upon us as men or boys." said Billy Bob Thorton.
NewsChannel 11 visited the set of "Friday Night Lights" in Odessa when crews were filming last Spring. There, we learned several of the locals from Odessa and Midland play as extras in the film.
Again, "Friday Night Lights" opens in Lubbock theaters Friday.