Video: Warren Easton’s journey to the state championship

In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. No part of the country took more of the brunt of the storm than the city of New Orleans.

Warren Easton High School is the oldest high school in the state of Louisiana and after the hurricane hit and the levees broke, the football team with a storied past nearly crumbled.

In episode two of a docu-series released by Complex called “Glory Days”, they follow the Eagles to their first appearance in the Louisiana Class 4A State Championship game since 1958 last season.

The Eagles took on Neville High School, a dominant program that has won state championships in seven different decades, their last being in 2011.

Warren Easton were the definition of underdogs, but they sure didn’t look like it.

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The game started off in the best way possible for the Eagles when Darrel Clark took a punt off of a bounce and returned seventy-five yards for the 7-0 lead. The Tigers eventually fought back to a 14-13 lead just before halftime. It seemed as though the Tigers would roll to another state title as they increased their lead to 28-13 with just over five minutes left in the game.

The series cuts to a clip of Eagles head coach Tony Hull giving his team a memorable speech.

“What do we have to do to win? We have to come together. Are they better than us? No. Is the Dome special? Hell yeah. But we do this. You are the best in the state!”

The Eagles fought back to make the score 28-27 with 1:06 left in the ball game. It came down to one onside kick.

The Tigers recovered and that was all they needed to put the game away. The bled the clock down to triple zeroes and the Eagles’ dreams of bringing home the state title were over.

Coach Hull gave his team a speech telling his team that they fought their tails off and deserved to be where they were. The epilogue told how fourteen Warren Easton seniors will be playing Division I football in 2015 and that Deshawn Capers-Smith will be attending Texas A&M on a football scholarship.

The story of Warren Easton High School is not about dominance. It’s not about winning championships. It’s not about being the absolute best.

It’s about coming back. “W.E. came back once. W.E. can again.”

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