Jeff Fisher welcomes directors Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin to this episode of High School Football America to talk about their Academy Award-nominated documentary film Undefeated. Nominated in the category of Best Documentary, Undefeated follows the story of the Manassas High School (Memphis, Tennessee) football team through the 2009 season, as the Tigers try to capture the school’s first playoff victory since the school opened in 1899.
Also appearing as a guest on the show is Steve Parker, who will present former Pittsburgh Steelers player Dermontti Dawson at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio this summer. Parker was Dawson’s coach at Bryan Station High School in Kentucky. It’s Parker who is credited with convincing Dawson to try playing high school football again, after he had given-up after a bad experience in ninth grade.
The show wraps-up with Mario Cadenas of Intel Athletics, promoter of the Beehive Classic in Utah. The Beehive Classic will be played September 1st at Bingham High School and feature three top-notch Utah high school football teams squaring-off with two of California’s top programs — Long Beach Poly & Serra HS — and three-time defending Colorado 4A champ Valor Christian.
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