Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City
ISBN: 0062950592
EAN13: 9780062950598
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 10, 2021
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
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A heartbreaking and inspiring true story--Friday Night Lights meets Ghettoside--of a New Orleans high school football team and their head coach's mission to protect his players' lives.

On the west bank of the Mississippi, across from the tourist-heavy French Quarter, lies the New Orleans neighborhood of Algiers. Short on hope and big dreams, its mostly poor and marginalized residents find joy on Friday nights in fall, when the Cougars of Edna Karr High School take the field. For three years, this team of scrappy, talented athletes have brought glory to Edna Karr and Algiers, winning three straight consecutive state championships in Louisiana's ultra-competitive Class 4A division.

While planning for a fourth title, thirty-three-year-old head football coach Brice Brown is focused on something much more important: keeping the 96 teenagers on his team alive. An epidemic of gun violence plagues New Orleans and its surrounding communities and has claimed too many innocent lives, including Coach Brown's former star quarterback, Tollette Tonka George, shot at a local gas station. Determined to protect his boys, Coach Brown fills their days with workouts, team activities, and grueling marathon practice sessions. At night, he patrols the city in his rusted truck, iPhone in hand, dialing each of his players to make sure they made it Read More chevron_right

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