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'12 Mighty Orphans' Is A Classic Texas High-School Football Tale

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Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "12 Mighty Orphans," starring Luke Wilson as Coach Rusty Russell, is based on the best-selling book by Jim Dent about the Fort Worth Masonic Home football teams of the 1930s.  Students at the school were either orphans or came from destitute families, but Russell built a football team that competed at the highest-levels of Texas high-school football.  Martin Sheen and  Robert Duvall also have roles in the movie, filmed in Fort Worth, Weatherford and Cleburne.

John Mark Dempsey is the host of the public interest program The Blacklands Café from KETR News. Dempsey is also the play-by-play announcer for Commerce Tigers Football on 88.9 FM and on ketr.org.
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