Film Crew Documents Salt River Football Team Chasing History
The Salt River High School Eagles football team is chasing sports history, and a film crew is documenting every step of the way.
The Eagles, under first-year coach Kerry Taylor, won their first four games of the 2016 season, something the program hasn’t done since 2004. Undefeated Desert Heights protected its home field on September 23 and denied the Eagles a 5-0 start. Salt River rebounded on October 7 with a win in Gila Bend.
“Even in the victories we haven’t finished games the way I would like,” Taylor said. “The group is growing up each week and learning that it takes your best every play to win ball games. We started the season with a bunch of boys on the team, and my goal is teach them how to become men, on and off the field.”
Up next, Orme School visits Salt River on October 21 for Homecoming, and the Eagles finish up the regular season at home against James Madison.
The Eagles are trying to become the first Native American football team ever to win a state championship in Arizona history. Taylor has his 5-1 team believing it’s possible, and coming into the season he wanted to make sure the journey was documented through video. A film crew has followed the team since the days of preseason practice, with full access to the players and coaching staff.
“I’m hoping that in the video footage we’re able to capture moments in history, and something that one day we can look back on and be proud of,” Taylor said. “The video team has been following our season on and off the field to capture the growth of our team on the field and in the classroom.”
The final video project will be released after the season ends; an exact date hasn’t been determined.
“The film crew has collected a lot of amazing footage, and this could be one of the biggest [high school] football documentary projects ever,” Taylor said. “Hopefully the football team can write the proper ending to the story, but only time will tell.”