Here is merely a sampling of the types of private screenings held after games.


Football is Coach Jerry Franks's love. And on Saturdays, it is his -- and the other five members of his coaching staff's -- life. Franks & Co. meet at his home at 8 a.m. to review film from the previous night's game. About 15 hours later, they go home. The time in between is spent watching film, grading every player's performance, looking at film of their upcoming opponent and forming a game plan.

"One of my coaches just the other day said how much he was looking forward to it again," Franks said. "He said, `Man, what could be better? We get to watch football and talk football all day ... and we get good food.'"

Franks's wife, Lois, does the cooking for the film sessions, anything from roast beef and turkey to spaghetti dinners.

"The truth is it is a lot of fun," Franks said. "But that's when you're winning. If you're losing, those days can get pretty long."

La Plata

Athletic Director Denny Tummino, one of the assistants to Coach Joe Williams, said film sessions are an event for the seven to 10 guys who love Warriors football. Though 90 percent of their five- to six-hour sessions are spent working, he admits there is fun, too.

"There's the normal busting of chops and yelling at the TV set when a kid makes a bad play," Tummino said. "And we usually do it at one of the coach's houses, so it's more of a relaxed, fun atmosphere."

Tummino said there is not one set place for viewing films: "My wife can handle us once but not every week."

However, "if we're on a winning streak, then you do everything the same as the week before," Tummino said. "You drive the same route to school, eat the same things ... you never mess with a win streak because they don't happen too often."

Thomas Stone

The Cougars' Saturdays are more laid-back -- if only because Fridays are so incredibly draining for Coach Richard Callahan's staff.

"Shoot, after a Friday night game my coaches need Saturday and Sunday just to recover," Callahan said, jokingly. "I've got four guys on blood pressure medicine. If they haven't been carted off in an ambulance by the end of the game, then at minimum their necks are swollen and their faces red. We don't do too much on the weekends but relax and spend time with our families."

Callahan and his coaching staff watch the tapes from the previous week on Monday or Tuesday with the players.

"We don't have a super-complicated offense," Callahan said. "We can watch for five minutes and know who is doing what right -- and who is doing what wrong. The kids can see it better for themselves, too."