McKean football featured in new documentary

By Sean Greene 5:49pm, December 19, 2013 - Updated 11:29am, December 20, 2013
VIDEO: McKean gets the red-carpet treatment and scenes from the movie
It was a red carpet affair on the Riverfront Thursday morning as McKean High School's broadcasting class debuted a documentary on their football team called "One Blood."

The 90-minute, HBO "Hard Knocks"-style program showcases the Highlander program from the opening day of "Camp Sunshine" through their season-opening game at Tatnall.

"One Blood" focuses on the struggles as the team tries to tackle the on-campus hill known as the "Green Monster" and on an ill-timed rainstorm during a scrimmage. The movie also celebrates the light-hearted moments when the team tries to prove to coach they know what "exaggeration" means, and also the first player to puke due to conditioning.

EDtv, McKean's TV and Radio wing, produced the show under the direction of Robert Markopoulos who says the players were initially hesitant, but it didn't last long.

"These kids now watch what we do as filmmakers and they come and were watching over our shoulders. They're excited about the process. It's not a football we made, it's about relationships and showing what these kids can do."

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McKean head coach Mike Ryan says he hopes viewers of "One Blood" takes away what goes into running a football program.

"It's just kind of interesting to have them see what we do on a daily basis. Any casual fan gets to go watch a game at a high school stadium or a pee-wee field or on TV. They don't get to see what we do."

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Senior quarterback Darius Jones says having the cameras around were "weird" at first, but it doesn't seem like that thought lasted long.

"It's like hey, I love cameras, the camera can be on me any day."

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"One Blood" will debut on McKean's EDtv (Comcast Cable 965) Friday, and will also be available at the school's website at .

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