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Billy Stagen is a former professional football player and present-day sheriff in his hometown, the picturesque Rustin, Alabama.



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Credited cast:
Billy Stagen
Coach Trellingsby
Lee Wolford
Keith Gatlin
Trent Cotee
Shanessa Sweeney ...
Cassandra Jones
Lee Everett ...
Hudson Kane (as Leland J. Jones)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Barbee ...
Church Member
Dan Beene ...
Ted Griggs
Todd James
Rick Burgess ...
Red #1
Red #2
Kathryn Paige Chandler ...
Pep Rally Girl
David Cooley ...
Fan Throwing Hotdog


Billy Stagen is a former professional football player and present-day sheriff in his hometown, the picturesque Rustin, Alabama.

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for mature thematic elements involving sexual assault, teen drinking and sensuality


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Not just another football movie
26 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie thinking it was about high school football plus the fact it was mostly (if not all) filmed in Alabama. I was pleasantly surprised - so much in fact, I will probably wind up buying my own copy on DVD. I don't know who Rick Johnson is (or was) and I presume that Ashley is his real-life daughter playing the part of "Lee". I didn't even recognize "Meatloaf" as the Coach until I saw the closing credits and the kid from TVs "Home Improvement", Zachery Ty Bryan, played a spoiled, rich football "star" player. Having lived in Birmingham, I kept looking for locales and familiar faces. Two radio personalities (Rick & Bubba) had small parts as bartenders and Michael Papajohn (makes me think of the pizza chain) played a redneck character named Trent that loved to drink and party with the students, most of whom didn't look old enough to drink. Still, the script is good even though probably unseen by many since it was independently produced.

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