By Jere Longman

In August 2005, storm Katrina pummeled the reduce finish of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, a peninsula housing one of many nation’s such a lot remoted, susceptible, and important counties. A yr later numerous ravaged groups got here jointly to shape South Plaquemines excessive. young children who have been former opponents defiantly nicknamed their soccer crew the Hurricanes and made the 2006 country playoffs. In 2007, South Plaquemines set its attractions on a country championship. The Hurricanes used a trailer as a makeshift locker room and lifted weights in a destroyed health club that had no electrical energy. For the gamers, a lot of them nonetheless dwelling in FEMA trailers, soccer provided a safe haven. Bestselling writer Jer? Longman spent seasons following the group. within the Hurricanes, the team’s trip presents a lens in which to view the legacy of Katrina, the cycle of poverty in rural the USA, and the try and keep traditions within the face of uncertainty. soccer is a well-recognized remnant of how issues used to be—and an indication of wish in a spot of catastrophe.

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If he has to spank him in front of the class, that’s all right,” she would write. ” When his team won, fans would chant, “Whose field? ” Some parents who had known him previously at Port Sulphur thought he had mellowed, if only slightly. “Now at least you can see the expressions on his face,” said Jeanitta Ancar, who had two sons among the Hurricanes. His players learned to take Crutchfield’s excitable personality seriously but not personally—most of them, anyway. Many regarded his methods with a cockeyed fondness.

Glad your father wasn’t my father, he sometimes told himself about this player or that one. You wouldn’t make it. Twice divorced, with three children who lived with their mothers, Crutchfield was a homebody like his father. Sometimes he lost his temper just as easily. But he also worked obsessively, the Longman_Text 52 5/21/08 1:35 PM Page 52 The Hurricanes way his father had. Many coaches taught phys ed as a sinecure, but Crutchfield taught civics and geography. He was popular as a teacher because he let students speak their minds in the classroom and he did not sugarcoat his remarks to them.

Next thing she knew, Randall was the starting quarterback as an eighth-grader. People would approach her. “Your son’s got an arm on him. ” One night, Carla got a call at work. Randall had gotten hurt on the field. A concussion. But he wouldn’t stay out of the game. Some people around town thought that moment changed him, made him reluctant or superstitious about signaling the start of play out loud. Still, the people who came up to Carla were right. Her son did have an arm on him. He could throw the ball sixty, sixty-five yards.

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