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Beyond the Score: Home school football team hits the field


On many fall Friday nights football teams take the field across the Heartland in hopes of a win. But for some players just having a team to toss the pigskin with is a big score.

Players on the West Kentucky Warriors get words of advice from their Head coach J.R. Reynolds. It something player Leeman Stevens says he thought would never hear.  

Stevens is one of about a dozen teenage boys who make up the West Kentucky Warriors. Founded on a dream, this team is unlike many others, most of the players have never played an official down. That's because the players are home schooled. In the State of Kentucky home school students can't play on a public high school team.  

But that didn't stop 15 year old Benjamin Warren from dreaming.  

"I thought maybe I could start a team," Warren said.  

Warren asked his dad, Bob Warren, for help and together they reached out to others with the same dream, to play on a football team.

"I get one email on day and it changes my life athletic wise," Stevens said.  

That was about five months ago. The team now practices formally Thursdays, these days with no pads or helmets. But those, like the skills of the players, are still in the works.

Still Reynolds says what they lack has not stopped his players passion or drive to play the game.

"Even without pads they have this desire, you know, and I told them even if we play one game this year it would probably be a success," Reynolds said.

But organizers like Bob Warren say it more than making a formal down, rather the players on this team are learning much bigger life lessons.  

"The fact that the team has come together the way it has, when they wondered for a long time if it would, or would not, is a lot of fuel to their fire to dream themselves," Warren added.  

"What Ben Warren has done has given kids without even a hope of dream, an actual dream to go by," Stevens said.

Aside from Thursday practices, players also train at home on their own. Bob Warren says they are funding the team through parent and private donations. He adds the team is also open to students who don't have a formal football team at their high school.

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