Tltletown High, the new series that debuted on Netflix this week, knows how important football is in America. The NFL matters, college football matters. And that’s especially true in a place like Valdosta, Georgia.
A place with tradition – and a pang of insatiable hunger. Also to win. And win big. However, Valdosta hasn’t won a title in decades, and great coach Rush Propst wants to change that.
Slow panoramic shot over sleepy Valdosta, Georgia, extensive high school football stadium:
National High School Championship trophy, and archival footage from previous football games. “Valdosta is a place where no matter how much you play … it’s important to win,” said one broadcaster.
Football means a lot to people across the country, but there are places where it means more. One such place is Valdosta, a city of 56,000 people in South Georgia named “Titletown High“.
In a national competition hosted by ESPN. It is home to the old Valdosta State Division II NCAA Football Force and Valdosta High School. Recognized as America’s most profitable high school football program.
Entitled to six national championships, two dozen Georgian state championships, and 42 regional championships. However, the last of those national titles was in 1992, and the football-mad locals wanted more. Enter Rush Propst – a coach with a resume full of triumphs and contradictions from previous positions. Can it confer a title to Titletown?
There’s a reason TV shows are made for high school sports:
And that’s because high school is an endless source of drama. Hormones and emotions spike, decision-making doesn’t improve, and everything seems so important. Put pressure on you to compete in football. And it’s easy to see how to create drama in a season.
Titletown High focuses on the teen drama, building a relationship between gamers and girlfriends. Dealing with the development and fear of Sweet Sixteen dancing at the country club. There are scenes in the classroom and presentations of the players dealing with some of the key characters. Junior defender Amari Jones had moved to Valdosta from Atlanta in anticipation of starting the team.
Still, his plans have changed since the arrival of Jake Garcia. The involvement of USC and one of the most recruited defenders in the country. Garcia, who hails from California heading into the senior season despite COVID restrictions.
In his home state, was amazed by his strong hand and accuracy and quickly became a starter. But most of the pilot episodes are spent with teenagers driving cars, a structure that resembles various MTV reality shows.
The pilots face off against the opening game of the 2020 Valdosta season. Even though the cameras spend a lot of time on reactionary shots. Side players, fans and cheerleaders, coaches, and nervous parents in the stands. It’s exciting, but it’s not as focused on the game itself. As in other Netflix sports dramas like last year’s great basketball or nothing.
We continued to cling to the brink as Valdosta trailed rivals Warner Robbins in the season’s opening game.
In the second half, the rally was interrupted by an apparent injury. That pushed Garcia aside and Jones back into the game. The credits came back suddenly, and we don’t get to see what will happen until episode 2.
The calm and focused Amari doesn’t make a fuss like some of the relationship-minded teens. In the first episode, but her story of the defender race seems to have the most potential. “I’m not a warmer person,” he thought, “but I can’t show any emotion.”
“I think coach Jake Garcia has the best hand I’ve trained in forty years.” Every ball he throws has a feel,” Propst said of his newcomer’s QB1 guess. Of course the defender will be with the fewest. weakness to be a starter,” he said, but this race will continue throughout the season.
High school football shows are bound to mix sports drama and teen drama, but there’s too much teen soap in the mix at Titletown High to rank above MTV’s reality shows.