VisitMidland Spotlight
presented by Dave Campbell's Texas Football

Midland, Texas is a warm and inviting West Texas city, conveniently located on Interstate 20, halfway between Fort Worth and El Paso. Easily accessible, it boasts Midland International Air & Space Port, serviced daily by American, Southwest, and United Airlines and is the closest airport to Big Bend National Park. This is the perfect destination to begin a West Texas road trip, a tour of the Big Bend region, host your meeting, sporting event, or family reunion.

It’s also home to some exciting Texas high school football! Throughout the season, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football will spotlight some can’t-miss Texas high school football matchups in the Midland area. Check back in this space for our preview of every matchup, and our thoughts on who will put on a show. And while you’re here, make sure you see our picks for the best places to eat, shop and play!

THIS YEAR'S SPOTLIGHT GAMES

August 31: Canyon Randall at Midland

Preview: Beautiful Grande Communications Stadium will be the site of an intriguing matchup of two teams hoping to take a big leap forward in 2018 after disappointing campaigns a year ago. In his first season in charge at Midland High, Tim Anuszkiewicz had an extremely young squad and it showed early in the year, but a late surge put the Bulldogs back in the playoffs and has given MHS fans reason for optimism in the always tough Little Southwest Conference. Midland will be led on offense by dual threat QB Suddin Sapien who is a UTSA commit, he’s got playmakers around him in RB Tim Gates and two starters along the offensive line. The Bulldogs defense, which brings back seven starters, should be much improved led by LB Smith Essman who racked up an impressive 134 tackles a year ago. Canyon Randall has one of the panhandle’s top running backs in 2020 prospect JaSean Barrow who as a sophomore threw up some big numbers, and he’s starting to attract college attention as well. Expect the Midland defense to key in on Barrow and force Canyon Randall to beat them through the air, which is not the Raiders' strength. Midland’s offense has above average speed at the skill spots and if their young group of receivers can live up to their potential, they could take advantage of some favorable matchups in the passing game. Stepp’s Pick: Midland by 15

September 28: Sweetwater at Midland Greenwood

October 19: Argyle Liberty Christian at Midland Christian

November 2: Odessa Permian at Midland Lee

November 9: Playoff Game TBD

Here are our tips for making the most of your football weekend in Midland:

EAT

Midland offers a wide variety of restaurants from food trucks to fine dining.  If you are in the mood for national chains or want to try the local cuisine, you can’t go wrong with any dining choice. 

Volcano Asian Fusion Sushi & Bar– Serving lunch and dinner, good for groups and kids! With lots of combinations to choose from, you’re sure to have a delicious experience. Located in the Red Oak Plaza near the Scharbauer Sports Complex.     

Food Truck Fridays– 6pm-10pm at Neme’s Mexican Street Food. 4401 N. Big Spring St. on the Southwest corner of Big Spring and Loop 250. Enjoy covered seating, music and an assortment of food trucks offering something for every taste bud! 

Graham Pharmacy– Celebrating 62 years in Midland, Graham Pharmacy is the perfect place for gifts and fountain food, drinks and treats. With two locations, you’ll be able to experience the fun no matter where you stay in Midland.   

Snowy Rolls– create your own flavor of rolled ice cream! Watch as the ice cream is frozen and rolled right in front of your eyes. A great place to cool off after a West Texas summer football game.  

Clear Springs Cafe– Featuring some of the best fried catfish, onions rings, shrimp and ribs in Midland!  

FountainVille Creamery and Soda Fountain– Made from scratch artisan, small batch ice cream that brings something truly unique to West Texas. View the production room and the machines that made their delicious ice creams. Steps away from Grande Communications Stadium, Fountainville Creamery and Soda Fountain is the perfect place to celebrate after a win! 

Mr. Gatti’s Pizza– Hand-rolled dough made fresh each morning, signature sauce with sixteen secret herbs and spices and real smoked provolone cheese combined with only the best toppings make Mr. Gatti’s pizza delicious! Enjoy an All-You-Care-To-Eat-&-Drink Buffet that includes unlimited pizzas, pastas, salads, desserts and more! Great for groups and kids.

KD’s Bar-B-Q– Straight off the pit. KD’s Bar-B-Q serves top quality smoked meats including brisket, sausage, ham, turkey, pork chops, chicken and more!  Load up your tray and enjoy a trip to the bean bar for beans, bread, pickles, onions, jalapenos and hot salsa. Your taste buds will thank you for making a stop at KD’s.

PLAY

There is so much to do in Midland; you’ll need more than one day to experience it all. With world class museums, performing arts venues, interactive activities for the whole family, you’ll never have a dull moment in our city. 

George W. Bush Childhood Home - The George W. Bush Childhood home, the home of two presidents, two governors, a first lady, ambassador, and a CIA director, resides in Midland. Experience the history of one of America’s great families through their story and the childhood of George W. Bush in Midland. 

Cinergy Cinemas– Recently renovated, enjoy a ropes course, games, food, or a movie at Cinergy Cinemas.  Perfect for large groups, this energetic entertainment mecca is great for an evening of fun, food, and family!

Old Miners Maze– The place where families come together for interactive adventures. Old Miners Maze specializes in group and family fun with a broad range of attractions including inflatable games, a walk-through maze, mechanical bull riding, snack saloon, rock wall, train ride, and more. 

Susie’s South Forty Confections– Take a FREE tour of the factory and watch how Susie’s delectable treats are made. End the tour with a stop at the gift shop, and take home some KICKERS® pralines, Fudge Richey®, and WINNERS® caramels. Susie’s South Forty Confections has been featured on the Food Networks’ “Unwrapped” and is the Guinness™ World Record holder for the largest piece of toffee! 

Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center– Enjoy an evening at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center and check out one of the many performances that take place that appeal to all ages. The center features everything from Broadway productions to local plays, famous comedians and musicians, mariachis, and jazz. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy™ Living Legend, Rod Stewart, kicked off the inaugural Grand Gala Celebration in 2011.

SHOP

Unique boutiques to big box retailers, you can shop to your heart’s desire in Midland. 

Midland Athletic Company – Promoting fitness and wellness in the Permian Basin, Midland Athletic Company supplies all your athletic footwear, apparel and workout accessory needs. With a staff of experts, Midland Athletic Company strives to provide a customer experience like none other. 

Midland Park Mall– With over 90 stores, Midland Park Mall is the Permian Basin’s premier shopping destination. Located off Loop 250 and Midkiff.

The Commons at North Park– One of Midland’s newest lifestyle shopping destinations complete with large box tenants both retail and restaurant. Located off Loop 250 in-between Garfield & Midkiff.

Ski Skeller Sports – A local Midland favorite, Ski Skeller Sports has you covered for all your outdoor activity gear needs. From water sports to the snow, this one-of-a-kind, recreational shop will bring out your inner outdoor adventurer!

Quetzal Mexican Crafts and Arts Imports– With beautiful furniture, crafts, paintings, pottery, textiles and more, Quetzal Mexican Crafts and Arts Imports has unique items that are sure to add a touch of flair to your home.