When the Game Stands Tall

Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Director(s): Thomas Carter
Production: Sony Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

This program was founded

on certain ideals.

They have been drowned by the noise

and distraction of fame.

We got lost, caught up in the hype...

...the celebrity, the glory...

...and the relentless pressure

to keep the streak alive.

The sophomore goes back

to set up the screen for Tucker.

Tucker got a block. Tucker has space.

- Tucker breaks a tackle.

- What a move!

Forty-five up the middle.

One man to beat.

Throwing one deep down the middle,

going for Jones. Touchdown De La Salle!

Absolutely unbelievable.

The greatest high-school performance

I've seen in 15 years.

De La Salle High

has won three titles in a row.

Their 48th consecutive victory.

To the fans, it's quickly becoming known

as "The Streak."

Tonight, they break a 22-year-old win

record held by a Michigan high school.

Talking about streaks,

there's a lot of pressure-

Coach Lad has done an amazing job.

De La Salle has been winning

for the past 11 years, straight.

Welcome to the 2003 Northern

Conference Sectional Championships...

...where powerhouse De La Salle

brings their 150-game win streak...

...against their rivals,

the Pirates of Pittsburg High.

- Hey, Bob. Bob.

- Marty, you live under the stadium?

Bob, 25 years coaching this team...

...favored to win your 12th championship,

150 wins. How did you pull it off?

Well, winning a lot of games is doable.

Teaching kids there's more to life,

that's hard.

Come on. You turned this team

into a winning machine.

How long you think

you can keep the streak alive?

The streak was never our goal.


Well, then, why do you keep winning?

This program's a lot of things.

It's not just a football team,

or win-streak machine.

It's a family.

A brotherhood which is based in love.

Put simply...

...love means you can count on me,

in good times and in bad.

Ladies and gentlemen, here to play for

their 12th straight championship win...

...the De La Salle Spartans.

Go Spartans!

I love this part.

Totally freaks out the other team.

I know I'm not supposed to say this,

let alone think it.

This streak's our legacy.

We will never experience

anything like this again in our lives.

You guys are all my family...

...but after tomorrow night,

this will never be like this again.

I'll never forget my time on this team,

or with you.

Spartans for life!

Spartans for life!

Streak, streak, streak!

Terrance Kelly takes the opening kickoff

on the five-yard line. Gets a block.

Terrance Kelly

is the best prospect on the field.

Sees a wedge

and shoots up the middle over the 40.

Brought down on the 49-yard line.

All right, I got Cam's card.

"Training goal:
Five extra gassers

after practice every day." Done.

"Practice goal:
Catch every ball."


"Game goal:
200 yards receiving,

two touchdowns...

...and average 15 yards

after every catch."

Did you hear that?

That is a perfect commitment card.

Big goals that stretch his abilities,

but doable when giving a perfect effort.

- You go get those, Cam.

- Yes, sir.

Gonzales throws a long, deep ball

to Cam Colvin...

...who out-jumps the defenders

for De La Salle's first score of the game.

Colvin is a coveted

Division 1 prospect...

...who's drawing interest

from top programs in the country.

Not asking you to be perfect every play.

What we're asking of you...

...and what you should be asking

of each other...

...is to give a perfect effort

from snap to whistle.

Cam Colvin just pitched the ball

back to Kelly.

The most athletic play

I've seen all year.

I got T.K.'s card. "Three extra sets,

cleans, every day after practice."

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