Hometown Heroes: A Cross-Country Road Trip into the Heart of High School Football

Hometown Heroes: A Cross-Country Road Trip into the Heart of High School Football

by Theron Hopkins


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Author Theron Hopkins travels from sweltering summer practices to heated crosstown rivalry matchups to one of the biggest games in the country, the Texas 5A state title game, held in San Antonio’s Alamodome, witnessing thrilling wins and devastating losses along the way. Hitting twenty towns in twenty weeks, this story showcases a cross section of America seen through football, from Great Falls, Montana, where the coach borrows five hundred dollars in his own name to purchase weight-training equipment for his team, and builds them up to championship caliber; to Waldport, Oregon, where the varsity squad is just fourteen boys strong and gearing up to take on one of the toughest teams in the conference; to Massillon, Ohio, where high school football is so important that the president of the booster club puts a tiny orange football into every baby boy’s crib in the hospital.
But the author also finds that the wins or losses on Friday nights are only part—and maybe not even the best part—of what makes the game so irresistible and so important to all those people who watch it, coach it, and play it.
Night after night, all across America, the story uncovers the true heart and soul of high school football.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632202987
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Week 1 Coach the Ones You Got 1

Blanco High School Panthers: Blanco, Texas

Week 2 Where They Start and Where They Finish 21

Warren Central High School Vikings: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Week 3 The Big "If" 37

Valdosta High School Wildcats: Valdosta, Georgia

Week 4 What it's All About 55

Orange High School Panthers: Hillsborough, North Carolina

Week 5 All the Little Things 71

Bethlehem Catholic High School Golden Hawks: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Week 6 How Things Come Together 87

Corcoran High School Cougars: Syracuse, New York

Week 7 On the Road 103

Washington High School Tigers: Massillon, Ohio

Week 8 Practice Like You Play 123

Bettendorf High School Bulldogs: Bettendorf, Iowa

Week 9 Stoke the Fire 141

Valentine Rural High School Badgers: Valentine, Nebraska

Week 10 You Have to Play 157

Sheridan High School Broncs: Sheridan, Wyoming

Week 11 Strap 'Em Up 175

Charles M. Russell High School Rustlers: Great Falls, Montana

Week 12 The Next Play 191

Kamiakin High School Braves: Kennewick, Washington

Week 13 Playing for Pride 209

Waldport High School Fightin' Irish: Waldport, Oregon

Week 14 Making a Statement 227

Sutter Union High School Huskies: Sutter, California

Week 15 Stay at Home 243

Grant High School Pacers: Sacramento, California

Week 16 The Second Time Around 263

Bishop Manogue High School Miners: Reno, Nevada

Week 17 Accept Excellence 281

Mountain View High School Toros: Mesa, Arizona

Week 18 Forty-Eight Minutes for Redemption 295

Mayfield High School Trojans: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Week 19 The Long Run 307

Fort Davis High School Indians: Fort Davis, Texas

Week 20 Finish Strong 321

Katy High School Tigers: Katy, Texas

Acknowledgments 343

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