It's six hours before the Cougar's next game and star running back Demetrius DH Harris is miles away after a wild night of partying. Soon a routine speeding stop threatens to land him in deep trouble. Meawhile Leon Taylor is looking to resume his starting position if he can just get by DH. Coach George is fighting a mysterious illness himself and linebacker Eric Olczyk is considering quitting football after paralyzing a player in last week's game.
Demetrius (DH) gets the heads up that he's in line for a mandatory urine test/drug screening. But his drug use has become an addiction and he's unable to clean up before the test so he has to look into more drastic action. Meanwhile Leon is informed who's to be tested and starts a short course of steroids thinking that he needs an edge and will be able to cycle off them before he might be tested.
Team owner Wilbanks warns DH that he'll have to drop his old friends or they'll drag him down. A showboat maneuver by DH ends up costing the team the weeks game and while his friends are commiserating with him at a club, things get out of control.
The police are questioning DH's account of what happened the night of the shooting in the club. Leon and his wife are still not seeing eye to eye on his continuing his playing career, and when an accident lands them in the emergency room child protective services gets the wrong idea. Olczyk meets a woman who works in the athletic department of a local college and he finds out that his dad is interviewing for a coaching job there.
The first half has been brutal and several Cougars are looking at injuries that need to be treated before the second half. McConnell has hurt his arm again. Leon has re-injured his knee and no one knows yet how bad it is. Meanwhile Demetrius DH Harris is jonesing big time and needs a fix before the second half. Guerwitcz comes to DH's aid risking something he never thought he would.
DH walks out on a scolding about his poor performance and Wilbanks arranges for him to get a rapid detox treatment. McConnell arranges a night on the town with some lingerie catalog models but hits a rough patch when his date for the night turns out to be the girl that Olczyk has been dating. When Guerwitcz puts off his date's affections with a story about an impending break-up we see a different side of Guerwitcz.