1. It would be pretty hard for the trailer for ESPN’s Mendota on Outside the Line’s not to fire you up.
2. It’s got hard-hitting and a fiery coach. But it tells another story too. One of a largely Latino team, in an immigrant town, who work in agricultural fields to provide for their families and come up big on the field.
3. The team hails from Mendota, Calif., where unemployment and poverty are high. The residents are almost all Hispanic, and many are immigrants.
4. “Your motivation should come from your home because you guys are going to make a change,” coach Robert “Beto” Mejia says. “You gotta give some people who don’t have hope, hope. You gotta carry that community on your back.”
5. In 2013, after Mejia had won two section championships in his first two seasons as head coach, Mendota moved up a class to compete against larger schools.
The team again won its league championship and advanced deep into the playoffs before eventually losing the sectional championship game.