With less than a minute left in a one-sided game, the Mason defense lines up across from the kneeling victors. Luis and Miguel Castillo, linebacker and safety, watch the final play of their high school football career end much too quickly. As their opponents jump away in celebration, Miguel and Luis take a moment to embrace their teammates before leading them back to the sideline, where they wait for their dreaded second-place medals. Miguel, a quarterback as much as a safety, consoles each of the lined up Punchers with a thankful hug, none longer than the one he gives his twin brother.
Born into a military family in the small town of Mason, Texas, the Castillo twins' life has been filled with sports, service and each other. The five-sport lettermen grew up with the same love for athletics as they did for the Navy, under which both their dad, Eliseo, and oldest brother, Victor, performed their military service. After three and a half years of hard work on the field and in the classroom, Luis and Miguel hope their dedication will pay off as they each apply for a coveted spot at The United States Naval Academy. Before that, however, Mason and the Castillo twins have to prepare for the football state championship game.
As they have for the entire season, Luis and Miguel spend most of their week either in school or practice, filling what little spare time they have by visiting their mother, Guillermina, at the family's convenience store for lunch. Everywhere they go, however, they are greeted by fans eager to talk about the game.
At the end of the week, Luis and Miguel find themselves standing in front of their team and their entire school as they speak in their final pep rally. Each of them reads a note from their phone, recounting their last practice and bidding good bye to a very successful career. After a cheerleader performance and a rendition of the school song, Luis and Miguel board the team bus and set off to Fort Worth, where they have a short practice before heading to their hotel for the night.
The next morning, the Punchers seem relaxed as they laugh and joke their way to AT&T Stadium, ready to face Canadian High School in front of what seems like the entire population of both towns. Holding hands, the twin captains walk to the middle of the field and brace themselves for the last time. Shortly after, Miguel leads his offense on a long drive, diving over the goal line for a touchdown. After that play, however, Canadian takes control and never lets go. The Punchers keep fighting but as time expires, it is the Wildcats who are celebrating the 34-7 score.
Although Luis and Miguel's high school football careers ended in defeat, they are ready for the next step. While the twins' acceptance into the Naval Academy is far from guaranteed, the possibility of continuing their football career seems even more distant, as competition for spots in Navy's varsity football team is extremely tough. Discouraging facts for some, they don't seem to dent the Castillos' determination. When asked if he thought they could play football in college, Luis's answer was quick and without hesitation: “Yes, sir.”