Big and Bright: Deep in the Heart of Texas High School Football

Big and Bright: Deep in the Heart of Texas High School Football

by Gray Levy


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Texas is a diverse state. But the one thing that binds Texans more than their state pride, even more than religion, is football. For the many towns and cities of Texas, high school football is more than a sport or an extracurricular activity—it’s the glue of their community. Author Gray Levy, a high school football coach for more than two decades, became disillusioned with the state of the education system nationwide and traveled to Texas, a place where high school football still matters, to see just what schools and communities were doing right. What he found will both confirm and debunk common presumptions about high school football in Texas, a complex phenomenon that varies by region, school size, and the ethnic diversity of the Lone Star State.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630760892
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2015
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,232,345
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Gray Levy started coaching high school football while attending the University of Nevada, Reno in the 1980s. After spending twenty years as a teacher for the Washoe County School District, he retired to pursue other interests. Big and Bright is his first book and his research in Texas was the first adventure of his post-teaching career. Levy spends summers traveling, falls coaching football, and winters skiing the Sierra Nevada. He is currently working on a new writing and coaching project about the growth of American football in Europe. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and the Professional Skier Association, and blogs at Levy resides in Reno, Nevada, with his wife, daughter, granddaughter, and two dogs.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 The Championship Drug

Week 1 La Marque Cougars 1

2 The Final Lesson

Week 2 Carthage Bulldogs 29

3 Winning the Old-Fashioned Way

Week 3 Port Lavaca Calhoun High School Sandcrabs 53

4 It's Our Time

Week 4 Stamford Bulldogs 77

5 Reload Mode

Week 5 Aledo Bearcats 103

6 Abilene's Finest Hour

Week 6 Abilene Eagles 125

7 Mercy Rule

Week 7 Throckmorton Greyhounds 157

8 Kiss a Fat Dog

Week 8 Idalou Wildcats 175

9 The Other Side of the Coin

Week 9 Stony Point Tigers 189

10 This is OUR Town

Week 10 Harlingen Cardinals 209

11 Longhorn Speed

Week 11 Cedar Hill Longhorns 227

Addendum 265

Afterword 275

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