As of 2007 [update] , Highland Park Scots football teams have made a state-record 49 playoff appearances. Since 1944, they have had six state finals appearances. Coached by Rusty Russell (1942–45) and led by Doak Walker and Bobby Layne , the Scots made the final consecutive times in 1944 and 1945. After losing 20-7 to Port Arthur in 1944, Highland Park battled Waco to a 7-7 tie in front of a record 45,790 crowd at the Cotton Bowl .  In 1947, Highland Park lost the state final 22-13 to San Antonio Brackenridge , while in 1957 they defeated Port Arthur 21-9 under the guidance of Thurman Jones .