For 25-year-old Brittney Garner, the idea of taking on the position of head football coach for her alma mater, Pickett County High School, was impossible to decline. When former Pickett County coach Jeff Holt was let go during the summer and the program teetered on the brink of dissolution, Garner rose to the occasion. "I was never gonna let them not play," she said. "It means too much to them."
While the smallest county in Tennessee might lack many of the necessary resources to formulate a successful football program (adequate playing facilities, high-quality gear and coaches with professional experience), they certainly don't lack the heart or the willpower necessary to keep a program alive.
Despite their 2014 season record of 2-8, the players and staff of the Pickett County High School football team, as well as the community that continues to support them, know that the success of a season doesn't lie in the numbers; it lies in the lessons learned and in the bonds forged on the gridiron.
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