"Power, Passion & Glory:
The real story of Texas football madness"
The release of Friday Night Lights has
turned the nations attention to the incredible
drama and emotion of high school football as
played in the Lone Star State. But more and more
of this attention is being directed away from the
Hollywood film to the unscripted, unrehearsed,
un-Hollywood version: Power, Passion
The Real Story of Texas Football Madness.
Narrated by veteran sportscaster
Pat Summerall, the documentary is the
product of filmmaker Ken Heckmanns
quest to capture the grit, hysteria and
heart-stopping tension of the real thing. Appropriately,
he selected as his subject
the Celina Bobcats, who became the winningest team
Texas history during their dramatic 2002 season, all
which Heckmann captured on camera. Celina had won
57 straight games and four consecutive state 2A championships
heading into that campaign.
didnt know when the project began
was that two extraordinary events would give his documentary
an extra dose of drama.
First, to everyones shock, Celinas legendary
head coach of 14 years, G. A. Moore, suddenly left
to coach for the schools archrival, Pilot Point,
who they would later play in a key game. To this day,
its not clear why he left. But when Moores
key assistant, protégé and friend Butch
Ford took his place, the stage was set for a riveting
story. The game pitting their teams against one another
is one of the unforgettable parts of the film.
The plot thickened
further when the governing body of Texas high school
athletics bumped Celina up to the 3A division. Overnight,
they became the smallest school in their division,
playing against better teams from bigger schools.
The result is the pulse-pounding story of a team,
and a town, defending their cherished reputations
After the close
of this fateful season, Heckmann spent the following
eighteen months turning miles of video into a tightly-wound,
110-minute documentary with enough twists, turns and
excitement to fill several movies. Pat Summeralls
narration is complemented by original music from Dallas
composer Chip Evans.
Emerging as the star of the documentary is Celinas
new head coach Butch Ford. With his spiritual approach
and characteristically Texas colloquialisms,
Ford delivers a natural and unrehearsed tour-de-force.
His pre-game and halftime speeches are highlights
of the film.
& Glory is a heart-stopping story of a season
on the brink. Can Celina maintain their record-breaking
winning streak, even with a change of coach and division?
Will they win their fifth-straight state championship?
The film builds in tension to an unforgettable ending
even Hollywood could not have even dared to imagine.