Although they lost 17-14, the team played a great game and no one viewed those kids as losers anymore. As the game winds down, Junior convinces Coach Porter to let him on the field for one play so that he can show his son that dad can do something right and be someone good in life. In a sterile classroom in the Albrook Hydraulics Laboratory, Black faced a quandary with 27 fellow students taking intercultural communications. But, you’re gonna be back out on the streets tomorrow. Where are you gonna be when you’re 21? At the next practice, Junior runs over players and shows a tremendous amount of football skills. However, in 2012, Camp Kilpatrick closed when the corrections program launched a three-year construction project that would make it unusable for football. Here is an audio clip with the real-life people at Camp Kilpatrick talking about their experiences. Later, Willie finds out that Kelvin survived and is okay, but he is still angry and scared. He was suppose to enroll and play football at Dorsey High but on the night of June 6, 1991, he was caught with guns and stolen credit cards after a robbery. When he returns, Porter learns that the prison is pulling the plug on the team because of how hard the players took the loss, and the prison did not want to further crush the confidence of the young men and possibly drive them back into gang life mentality as a result. "He got shot 15 times sitting in his car with his cousin," Black recalled. He gets in trouble with Coach Porter and tells Coach through tears, “My father said I was a waste of his time and his money”, to which the coach replies: “You get to the point where you expect to screw up, you expect to fail. "I appreciate this more than people coming out of high school.". The probation officers thought the discipline of football might help Black, and he certainly helped the Kilpatrick team, leading the Mustangs to the Freedom League co-championship. At practice, Junior gets hurt and has to go to the hospital; he returns the next day, and although Junior is not medically cleared to play, the team surrounds him to welcome him back. In his first two seasons of serious football, he gained almost 4,000 yards and was West L.A.'s most valuable player as a sophomore. Gridiron Gang is based on this incredible 1990 season, which concluded with a loss in the Divison X Championship Game. When Porter hears about Roger’s death, he becomes frustrated with the ineffectiveness of their program. These kids never, ever played. At the next practice, Porter gives a pep talk to his players: “On this field, we do it my way, not your way. Here is a clip from Porter’s red carpet interview when he attended the film’s premiere with his wife: Coach Malcolm Moore attended San Fernando High School and the University of Southern California. I played with Steve Young, Ronnie Lott and Marcus Allen, but there’s nothing like making a difference in a kid’s life.”. The Times endorses one incumbent and three newcomers for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. At the same time, Kenny Bates’s mother visits but then storms out when the two get into an argument. Porter starts to recruit players for the football team and tries to schedule games against other high schools, but they all say no because they are afraid to let their students play against violent criminals. “They didn’t know how to handle that type of loss,” Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson said in an interview. Michael Black (footballer) (born 1976), former English footballer Michael Black (judge) (born 1940), former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia Mike Black (Defensive lineman) (born 1964), American football player Mike Black (punter) (born 1961), American football player Mike Black (kicker) (born 1969), American football player Although he claimed to understand the gravity of his criminal actions, he really didn't. Seeing him plow past would-be tacklers like a bowling ball, it is difficult to imagine Black sitting in a California Youth Authority prison cell going nowhere, as he was four years ago. The next day, he talks to his bosses about creating a football program for the juvenile prisoners. In the film, the Mustang players cried after losing their first game, which happened in real life. Makin’ a mess of everything.” Porter agrees to let Junior play. Black's only practical organized football experience had been Pop Warner games, although he had made varsity as a freshman at Dorsey, a Los Angeles prep power. Also in the stands were coaches from Dorsey High, the school that figures to inherit both Black and Wilson when the two are released from Camp Kilpatrick, a county-run school for juvenile offenders. Camp Kilpatrick had existed in relative anonymity prior to the making of Gridiron Gang; after the film’s release, multiple articles were written to educate the public on the camp’s values, its history, and its future. Michael Black may refer to: . Wilson also added a 55-yard scoring run in the second half. At the same time, two players from rival gangs, Willie Weathers and Kelvin Owens, get into a fight and Porter proposes a gang truce; the two players reluctantly agree. Jamal Evans, the overweight player who quit, happily rejoins the team as the equipment manager. Look at me! He was selected by the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League in 1984, catching passes from Steve Young. In two seasons, Black has joined the ranks of elite Cougar backs by gaining 1,935 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns on 390 carries. He never quit believing in himself even when others did. He then went on to work as a salesman and, as noted by LA Daily News, would often go watch the team play. A lot of the motivational speeches in the movie were based on real speeches that Porter gave. Miguel Perez and Donald Madlock went back to their old gang life and ended up in another California Youth Authority prison. Porter yells at him as Evans walks off the field. When he advances in a threatening way, Willie pulls the trigger and the boyfriend falls dead immediately. Black surpassed the 300-yard plateau on a 55-yard scoring run with 1:31 to play. Michael Black, is the real-life Willie Weathers from the movie.