They say everything's bigger in Texas, and that may not be more true than with the Lone Star State's love of football. High-school football is probably more popular in Texas than in any other state. To get kids prepared to play at a high level, they have to start at a young age. This docuseries offers an inside look at children as young as 8 who play in the Texas Youth Football Association, one of the largest independent youth football leagues in America, which teaches kids the fundamentals of the game. "Friday Night Tykes" follows several teams, on and off the field, as they compete for the state championship. Among the challenges the players face are extreme training drills, heckling from fans, and balancing on-the-field expectations with living a typical childhood away from the gridiron.
After being ousted as Dillon High's football coach, Coach Eric Taylor must build a team from the ground up at East Dillon. Eric's wife, Tami, also is challenged in her role as principal at West Dillon, as the parents of students who were zoned out of the district blame her for their kids being thrust into a less-than-desirable situation at East Dillon. While dealing with issues at their respective jobs, Eric and Tami also face challenges in their family life with teenage daughter Julie.