Must Win : A Season of Survival for a Town and Its Team, by Jubera
- ISBN: 9780312642204 | 0312642202
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 9/4/2012
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"This is not necessarily a sports book. It is a character-driven tale of survival and the desire to be a champion again." Jim Dent, bestselling author Valdosta, Georgia, is home to the winningest high school football team in America and for decades has drawn the spotlight of national mediaincluding Sports Illustrated, The New York Times,and ESPN, which christened the South Georgia city "Title Town, U.S.A." To be in Valdosta is to be reminded of the continuity of dominance: sons still play in front of fathers and grandfathers, creased old men in pickup trucks still offer steak dinners to seventeen-year-olds as reward for gridiron glory, and Friday nights in the 11,000-seat stadium known as Death Valley still hold a central roll in the town's social fabric. Now that place is in peril. As much as Valdosta is a romantic symbol of traditional American values (excellence, God, and football), things are changing here just as they are in small towns across the country. In Must Win, author Drew Jubera chronicles the country's most famous high school football team's 2010 season, a quest to regain past glory for not only the team, but also the town it represents. This town, this school, and these people have been rocked by forces that have hit the entire country, but they're a long way from giving up. They still believe in the power of a game to overcome all. With a new coach, a new optimism, and a new season, these Wildcats have been given one more chance. A real life Friday Night Lights, Must Winis the American story written across a bright, green playing field.