Nov 10, 2007-- Capacity crowd of 1600 fills the Hubbard Stadium at every home game. They're here to watch high school football. In a Kansas town of 1931 residents, Smith Center team has won 51 games in a row and three consecutive state championships, and has outscored opponents this season, 704-0. Take a closer look and it's easy to see why. Each player and cheerleader signs a contract pledging to remain alcohol-, drug- and tobacco-free. If they break that promise, they must go to the elementary school to explain to the children why they were kicked off their team, and their cards are revoked. "None of this is really about football," Coach Roger Barta said. "We’re going to get scored on eventually, and lose a game, and that doesn’t mean anything. What I hope we’re doing is sending kids into life who know that every day means something." (2799 reads)
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