When the “Spartans of the Arena” take the field it’s after punishing days of practice rivaling Hell Week, making Friday Night Lights “look like a cakewalk.”
Turning boys into men is a tricky business, especially when it comes to football. The Trona High School’s football team’s training practices illuminates the need to define what’s reasonable when it comes to coaching kids. Yes, they are bound for a stellar year, after strapping on a beast-mode mentality, but at what cost? One kid screams, “What time is it?” in a voice hoarse with constant hollering; his team replies, “Game time!” their response reminiscent of soldiers shouting back to their sergeant.