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High school football has a fanatical following in Lake Providence, La. -- a small town of 5,000 by the Mississippi River in the northern part of the state. In 1994 Time dubbed it "the poorest place in America" and quoted a resident, who said: "The only recreation we have is poor people's fun:..." The high school football team is trying to offer its own entertainment, with a reinvigorated program that boasts 64 varsity players -- as opposed to 25 two years ago. One of the players is defensive tackle Mitchell Martin, whose size is his biggest strength. His fiery passion is another.

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