In a racially charged and economically drained Texas town, high school football players feel immense pressure to defend their team's winning reputation in this 2004 adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's book. Stars Oscar-nominated actor Billy Bob Thornton.
When the star tailback, Boobie Miles (Derek Luke), is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant social problems begin to flare up. It is left to the inspiring abilities of new coach Gary Gaines (Thornton) to instill in the other team members - and, by proxy, the town itself - a sense of self-respect and honor.
Director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) went on to create the Emmy-winning TV series Friday Night Lights which ran for five seasons.