Molding character, winning games

‘Decade of Excellence’ shows influence of coaches on players, community

Behind every great football team, there is a great story.

The Maryville High School football team’s story is featured in the documentary “Decade of Excellence.” The DVD is on sale for $25 with proceeds benefiting the Maryville High School Athletic Department.

MHS alumni Archie Anderson and Joey Winders helped create the documentary. Anderson said as they filmed interviews of past players, “The wins and loses took a backseat. You can see the impact these coaches had on making them good, hard-working Christian men.”

The film debuted at the Decade of Excellence Gala on Aug. 14 at the Clayton Center; where approximately 600 people attended the event.

Anderson said, “We’ve had nothing but rave reviews. People were laughing and crying. It was great.”

Anderson said he and Winders consider themselves “Maryville High School Football Junkies.” Their idea for a documentary film began last fall.

Anderson said he worked mostly on research while Winders handled the technical part of producing the documentary. He credits MHS teacher and owner of Video Solutions, Scott West, for the film’s editing and finishing.

Anderson said the DVD is a compilation of interviews as well as footage from the school’s most memorable games. Senator Lamar Alexander also participated in the documentary.

“You’ll see highlights from games throughout the past 10 years, but it’s the interviews that are quite inspiring,” said Anderson.

To order a copy of the DVD, email Joey Winders at windersj@bellsouth.net.

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