"To win at all cost," means that you will play through any situation; if you can still walk then you can play in the game. Another star player is Billy Bob, who is an offensive lineman. Before one of the games Billy Bob passes out in class, because he has had too many concussions to his head. The school nurse advises him not to play, but coach Kilmore decides that he needs him to play. Another player that is injured is Harper, he has been having knee problems, which Kilmore ignores by giving him shots before the game to ease the pain. That was not a very smart idea because in one of the games, Billy Bob who is in no condition to play, faints on the field and Harper ends up getting hit by two guys. He hurts his knee and has to go to the hospital. Mox comes in to finish the game, no one has faith in him, but he ends up winning the game. Harper tore every ligament in his knee and will not be able to play football for at least a year, and chances are he may never play again. For Harper and his father his life is ruined, he had a full scholarship to Florida State University, which is now no good to him.
The rest of the season, which is four games, Mox is the new quarterback and star of the high school football team. Anywhere he goes he gets treated like a superstar, he went to buy beer and the clerk gives him the beer free, because he is such a great player. He got interview by the news, and everyone now has this new fascination for him.
With Mox as the quarterback he has his own ideas about how they should play the game, he has plays that Kilmore doesn't agree with. Mox gets accepted to Brown University, on an Academic scholarship, and Kilmore threatens to change his transcripts if he screws up any of the games, and does not listen to his orders.
Mox feels that the guys need to have some fun because the pressure is just too much. The night before one of the last games Mox sets up a time for the guys to let loose and forget all of their pressures. They go to a strip club and drink all night long, when it is game time they fall apart. They just can't play as well as they should because of the partying the night before. They end up losing the game and Kilmore is very upset with them, because they ruined his perfect title.
When the final game comes, the game that if they win they will be state champions. But at half time they are behind and Kilmore is yelling at the team, telling the guys that they have to win the game. Mox stands up to him and tells him that he is not going to play under him anymore; he will not finish the game. The other players back Mox and will not finish the game if Kilmore is the coach. The team ends up winning and Kilmore never coaches again.
This movie really shows the impact sports can have on you life, although football wasn't the main focus in my town it still was very big. On Friday nights all my friends and I would go and watch the football games, we would socialize more than watch the game, but we would still attend. I think that sports bring people together, and makes people very happy.
I think how Mox stood up for himself was a very brave thing to do, he didn't believe that football was everything and knew that Kilmore's way of coaching was not the moral way of running a high school football team. He led his team into doing the right thing by not letting Kilmore coach them, and winning the game without a coach. He was on the inside, he saw the affect that the game was having on his friends and wanted to do something right to fix it. That took a lot of guts for him to do that. Although I think being involved in a sport is a positive thing, but in this situation it was not.
Being involved in a sport was one of the best things I ever did. I starting playing soccer at the age of 7 and did not stop until I was out of high school. I loved to play soccer more than anything, I would play fall soccer, spring, winter, and summer leagues, and I could never get enough of soccer. I too, just as Mox had a couple of coaches I did not agree with, I hated to play for them because I felt that they had other motto's besides just coaching the team. I would still play because I loved the game but did not agree with what they had to say. If I had a good coach I would play my hardest to help the team out. Sports really shape our society, and culture. You will not find very many people who do not have some love for at least one sport or another. There are so many sports out there that people love and will always watch the sport of their choice.