Plano ISD reinstates football game against El Paso Eastwood

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El Paso Eastwood’s game against Plano Senior High School has been reinstated, sources confirmed to Dave Campbell's Texas Football's Matt Stepp. The game will now take place on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Ford Center in Frisco. 

Plano ISD controversially cancelled the game on Thursday, citing potential safety concerns. A former Plano High School student allegedly killed 22 El Pasoans in a racially-motivated mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart just two weeks ago. However, Eastwood's administration maintained it wanted to still travel and play the game as scheduled. 

The decision created a media firestorm. Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, an El Paso native, even encouraged Plano to travel to El Paso to play the game. Students at Plano High School circulated a petition to play the game. Many in the community worked to raise money for El Paso shooting victims, and planned to drive to El Paso to hand deliver the money if the game was cancelled. 

Plano beat El Paso Eastwood 72-48 when the two teams played a year ago. Both Plano ISD and Ysleta ISD have scheduled press conferences later in the day to address the decision.

This story will be updated.

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