What was saddest is not that the Panthers didn't win State this year, but that you could see them knowing they weren't going to win, once the Titans got the ball into easy field goal range. The camera panned around to everyone's face -- Coach, Tami, Julie, Joe, Tyra, Tim, Landry, Matt, J.D. -- and each and every one of them just knew, knew that despite the four touchdowns they had reached deep down and drawn out of themselves, that they just were going to come up short tonight.
J.D. gets pulled off the field by Coach after losing control over his team and bratting around about it. He's confused and grieving because Coach and Tami (after realizing that, legally, they had to) called Child Protective Services on his father. The McCoys circle the familial wagon -- Joe staring Coach down in mirrored sunglasses, Katie telling Tami that she wants nothing to do with her, J.D. lost in the middle of it, betrayed not only by his own father's physical violence, but also by what he perceives as Coach's psychological violence.
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