It's 1903 and football is a vastly different game from what it would later become. Huddles, coaching from the sidelines and forward passes are illegal, and the best way to gain yards is to shove the ball carrier into the opposing line as you slug it out in the mud.
The quarterback not only has to think on his feet, he must be good with his fists. Blood, broken bones and the very real risk of death are the main attraction for hometown rooters and gamblers alike. Football at the turn of the century is so dangerous, it's nearly banned, if not for the actions of President Teddy Roosevelt.
'The Way We Played the Game' is the true story of a high school football team, its young quarterback and a coach pulling them into the light of modern-day football. It is a uniquely American tale and a masterful, authentic account of a time, a place and a game you never knew.
"John Armstrong's wonderfully evocative look at one high school team a century ago shows two things haven't changed--American boys and the American passion for football." --Frank Deford