Cue the melodramatic music and get ready for some awesome slow-motion shots: NFL Films is at Fort Campbell this week to film a piece about the post’s high school football team.
Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated wrote a powerful story about the Fort Campbell Falcons, who’ve won three consecutive Tennessee 2A championships. The Falcons, who went undefeated in 2009, are composed of kids whose parents are soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division or the Nightstalkers. Since it’s not uncommon for players on the team to have a parent deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, the Falcons are far more compelling than your average schoolboy squad.
Now the great NFL Films, producers of the acclaimed “America’s Game” series as well as countless other documentary pieces and highlight films, is chronicling the Falcons.
“It’s really a unique opportunity for us,” Fort Campbell coach Shawn Berner told The (Clarksville) Leaf-Chronicle. “It’s kind of neat to see a Sports Illustrated or NFL Films come in and showcase a high school team, and show what these kids and their military families go through on a daily basis.”
Despite a rocky start to the 2010 season, Fort Campbell (3-5, 2-0) has won two games in a row to qualify for the playoffs. This Friday they play Owensboro Catholic for the district championship.