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The safest place in town

Amid the bloodshed of Juarez, Mexico, the gridiron has become a safe haven for one high school football team

Updated: June 8, 2011, 4:44 PM ET
By Donovan Webster | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the June 13, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

IT'S SPRING TRAINING FOR THE JAGUARS of CBTIS 128, a high school in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Beneath the lights, the school's starting quarterback, Raul Parra, tosses a football back and forth with the second-string QB. The 18-year-old Parra is geared-up and ready to go: helmet, pads, laminated play sheet tucked inside a black elastic sleeve on his left forearm. But first comes the obvious question.

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