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High School Football Winning Streak
AUSTIN, TX (2005-02-17) If you're from Texas, or
you've lived here awhile, you know just how
important football is.
     And if you're itching for high school football, there
are several dvd's that can satisfy the craving. Dallas
filmmaker Ken Heckmannn is out with a documentary
about a small town Texas team trying to keep an
incredible winning streak alive. Heckmannn's film is
called "Power, Passion, and Glory: The Real Story of
Texas Football Madness."Listen to Interview ]

Austin 360 Review
by Michael Barnes
This is the real "Friday Night Lights." Ken Heckmann's meticulous — and meticulously fair — documentary about small-town Texas high-school football verifies all the dramatic details of the popular and slightly fictionalized studio movie.
Read Entire Review ]

KLTV (Channel 7)

Texas Filmmaker Issues 'Friday Night Challenge'
This is the story of the Celina Bobcats and the 2002
football season. They entered the year riding a 57-game winning streak and four straight 2A state championships,
while attempting to overcome the departure of their legendary head coach G.A. Moore to arch rival Pilot Point, and the rise to 3A for the first time in school history. Filmmaker Ken Heckmann hopped on for the ride.
Read Entire Review ]

Dallas Morning News

Heckmann then captures the new season in which another coach takes over. The finely polished film covers the entire season and also offers a look at the players, the coaching staff, and the community that takes such pride in the team. NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall provides narration. Not rated, 110 minutes, and the DVD offers more material, such as several interviews and additional footage of the big Celina-Pilot Point match-up.

Sante Fe Film Festival Program

...You follow every game and every locker-room session. You don’t have to care for football to love this film. Finally, we get to see what great teaching and tremendous community spirit can do for kids. This documentary is not all about winning. It also shows how to approach life. Ken Heckmann and his crew are to be saluted. The photography is sensational, the music perfect, and one walks away with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

The Houston Chronical (12/20/04)

Here's a late add to the list of sports-related DVDs: Power, Passion & Glory: The Real Story of Texas Football Madness, produced by a Dallas filmmaker about the 2002 Celina Bobcats. Suggested retail is $29.95, and producers say anyone who prefers the semi-fictionalized treatment of Texas high school football from the Friday Night Lights theatrical film can ask for a refund and still keep the Celina film.
Check out for details....

The Celina Record (12/02/2004)
By Penny Rathburn

Park Cities People (12/02/2004)
By Glenn Arbery

Alburquerque Journal Read Entire Article Here

D Magazine – Front Burner

Last year, I reviewed a film about the 2002 season of the Celina Bobcats called It's Only a Game by Park Cities resident Ken Heckmannn. Excellent. If I could link my review, I would.

Ken just came by yesterday with a new screener, and he says that the DVD release — now with narration by Pat Summerall — is next week. New title: The Real Story of Texas High School Football Madness — Power, Passion and Glory.

Notice the Friday Night Lights challenge.

Glenn Arbery · November 9, 2004 10:46 AM

Dallas Morning News
06:04 PM CST on Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Power Passion & Glory
The Real Story of Texas Football Madness

Ken Heckmann's Power Passion & Glory captures football in its most basic form. With scene after scene of players being bombarded by such immortal coach speak as "we need to get after it!" and "we have to want it more than them!" many viewers will see themselves back on those small-town high school football fields. Glory follows the 2002 Celina Bobcats, a team that had more than its share of story lines. A bump up to the 3A level, the surprise departure of legendary coach G.A. Moore for rival Pilot Point and a 57-game winning streak to keep intact all are at the forefront of the players' thoughts. But the real star is new coach Butch Ford. A long time assistant to Mr. Moore,
Coach Ford gave full access to his practices, meetings and games, and the result is a rare look at a team from every
angle. Mr. Ford's halftime and post-game speeches are worth the price of admission. And when the Bobcats finally lose in the second round of the playoffs, ending the winning streak that had reached 68 games as well as a run of four straight state titles, it's obvious from all the shared tears and hugs that these coaches and players were driven less by winning streaks and more by their mutual admiration. Like another, more high-profile high school football tale from this year, Friday Night Lights, sometimes the dramatic impact of watching a beloved team lose can be a viewer's gain.

Best extra: "Fordisms" reveals that many of Butch Ford's well-crafted pep talks are mostly devised on the spot.

Stephen Becker
Starring Butch Ford and the Celina Bobcats. Narrated by Pat Summerall. Directed by Ken Heckmann. Unrated. 110 minutes, plus extras. Available at, $29.95.

By Charles Michael
“It's not the time to panic. It's the time to fight!” This is one of the many exhortations given by Coach Butch Ford to his Celina Bobcats football team during the tough moments of the 2002 football season. It is featured in the new movie, “Power, Passion & Glory: The real story of Texas football madness”.
    A huge billboard in the town of Celina proclaims, “Where God, Family, Education, and Athletics Come Together.... To Form a Very Special Community.” Texas High School football is in some ways like a religion to its many followers. This movie chronicles the 2002 football season of one of the most storied programs in Texas.
    The Celina Bobcats went into that season with a 57-game winning streak and four consecutive state championships. However their long time coach G.A. Moore had just resigned his position at Celina and had taken the head football coaching position at Pilot Point, the arch rival of Celina. Three of his Celina assistants made the move with Coach Moore, while six of the assistants remained at Celina.
    The players had hoped Coach Moore would stay but when he finally did leave, the question was would they rally around Coach Ford and the assistants who remained. In addition, Coach Ford was faced with the daunting task of continuing the winning streak and the added challenge of Celina being moved up to the 3-A class and having a game on the schedule that season against Pilot Point and Coach Moore.
    “Tradition never graduates.” The movie, with narration by NFL and broadcasting legend Pat Summerall, tells the moving, exciting story of what happened during the 2002 season. You will hear from Coach Ford, Coach Moore, several Celina players, Celina boosters, and others. You will have inside access to Celina practices, coaches’ comments just before the game, at halftime, and after the game.
    You will get a sideline view of game action and of Coach Ford working with players and assistant coaches and a few of his “discussions” with the “zebras”. You will see all of the key plays of the 2002 season. You will see the pep rallies before the games and the way that the community supports the football team.
    “I take full responsibility.... The harder you work the harder it is to surrender.... If you think about it, we didn't do much.... I'm really disappointed.... It's my fault.” As the movie and the season unfolds there are increasing challenges for the Celina team. Early in the season the team has a 62-34 win over Sanger but you will hear Coach Ford berate his team after the game.
    When you have a long winning streak a coach has to find a way for the players to learn from a win so that they don't get complacent and they continue to improve. How do the players react to the criticism?
    “It's not the time to panic. It's the time to fight!” The Celina team faces their first real football challenge of the year against Little Elm without injured top running back Josh Sharrock. How do they respond?
    Celina plays their first ever 3-A game against Pottsboro and finds themselves behind 21-8 at halftime. “What a great opportunity to show what kind of a great football team you can be.... It’s going to take all the emotion that you got. It's going to take all the guts you got.” What happens in the second half of that game?
    “If I lose and get run out of town, you gotta give me a job.” Next is the biggest game in Texas that week. Celina at Pilot Point. There is a 70-minute rain delay that night before the game starts.
    Hear what Coach Ford and Coach Moore say to each other before the game and after the game. How tough is that game on both of them? Can the student defeat the teacher?
    “We're gonna give 'em a valiant effort. I'm just not sure if effort will be enough.” The next game on the schedule is the toughest game to date. Gainesville at Celina. All the players, coaches and fans see this as a supreme test.
    See a miraculous play near the end of the game that shows the heart of a champion. See Coach Ford and two of his assistants, after the game, engage in a training exercise known as the three-man roll.
    “I watched you pass 'em by and not hit 'em. I seen it and you know I saw it.... That’s breakin' my heart.... Don’t you do that no more!” A few weeks later Celina is still in the playoffs and facing a very dangerous team, called, appropriately enough, Dangerfield.
    It is in this game that Celina most earns the “Glory” part of the title of this movie. “There's something to be learned from everything. I'm not sure I can tell you what it is we're supposed to learn today.”
    “Friday Night Lights”, the movie, contains some of the same themes as PPG. However some of FNL was fictionalized (By the way, the book by H.G. Bissinger, from which the movie was made, is much better than the movie, in my opinion.) Near the end of that film, Billy Bob Thornton (portraying Odessa Permian coach Gary Gaines) gives a moving speech to his team just before their final game. But did it really happen that way?
    When you see Coach Butch Ford give an equally moving speech in the wake of the Dangerfield game, then you are seeing what really happened. No sets, no scripts, no rehearsals, no actors, just the reality of a football team trying to maintain a state record winning streak, four consecutive state championships, all with a new head coach.
    PPG takes less than two hours to watch, but will last a lifetime in your memory.

Austin 360 Review
by Michael Barnes
This is the real "Friday Night Lights." Ken Heckmann's meticulous — and meticulously fair — documentary about small-town Texas high-school football verifies all the dramatic details of the popular and slightly fictionalized studio movie. Read Entire Review ]

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