Football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) leads the De La Salle High School team of Concord, California, that has had an 11- season, 151-game winning streak (1992– 2003). As the team prepares to go up against a formidable opposing team, Coach Ladouceur deals with a heart attack and the growing unhappiness of his wife, Bev (Laura Dern), who says he doesn’t spend enough time with the family. The players face their own family and school challenges as they learn to navigate life.
Coach Ladouceur, who started out at the school as a religious-studies teacher, works to build character by teaching and living Christian virtues rather than revving up aggression and a competitive spirit. When one of the team members is killed, the coach is a rock of support.