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One Game One Time

This inspirational and motivational story, based on real events, represents what is possible when everyone buys into a plan and egos are left at the door. CenTex should easily defeat Southern Arizona nine times out of ten, but there will only be One Game, played One Time…for everything.

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Story

After a devastating season-ending loss, America’s newest college football team, Arizona Southern Community College receives an unexpected and unprecedented bid to play in the premier Junior College Bowl Game… on national television.

Assembled by their intrepid Coach in 2001 and built from funds he raised himself, they now face the nation’s perennial JUCO powerhouse, a team guaranteed the national championship if they defeat the upstarts from Tucson.

The Central Texas team, a smash-mouth, knock you down and trample-over-the-body powerhouse, is a full-scholarship, nationally recruited team where every starter is a major college recruit. And they don’t just beat up their opponents; they actually knock guys out of the game. Powerful for so long, their nickname in coaching circles has been shortened to “CenTex”, a word that sounds more like a large, explosive device rather than a college football team.



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Despite Southern Arizona’s huge underdog position, the Coach cobbles together a plan that just might work. But first he must regroup his regionally and culturally diverse team, get them physically reconditioned and overcome a variety of obstacles… all on a shoestring budget. But with the help of a growing legion of local Tucson supporters, the coach pulls off a first-class plan that ignites practices and the mental state of his team.

What was once an impossible feat now looks almost plausible.

The game begins with an early, easy score by CenTex and the game appears to be the expected route. But the upstarts pull it together with toughness, team chemistry and a lot of personal heroics. The outcome remains in doubt until the final, heart-stopping drive.

This story, based on real events, represents what is possible when everyone buys into a plan and egos are left at the door. CenTex should easily defeat Southern Arizona nine times out of ten, but there will only be One Game, played One Time…for everything.



 

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“It’s one of the most remarkable stories, start to finish, in the history of Tucson sports.”

Scurran’s new book weaves a brilliant story. It has all the elements to be a successful movie. Some of the feel-good parts are irresistible…It’s Rudy and more

—Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star


“An authentic behind the scenes look at a college football program.”

From the politics to the preparation, the human emotion to the strategy,  “One Game, One Time” is an authentic behind the scenes look at a college football program.  Coach Scurran skillfully captures this team”s journey and I found myself getting nervous and excited for the “big game” and rooting for this team to win!

—Rita Rodriguez, wife of former West Virginia, and current Division-I Head Football Coach


“It is the best treatment of a competition, the planning, emotions… highs and lows I have ever read.”

In ‘One Game One Time,’ Jeff Scurran gives you a glimpse of the innermost thoughts of a football coach as he navigates the final game of a fabulous career.  His insightful and revealing description of the final game, makes the reader feel like they’re in the heart and mind of the coach. It is the best treatment of a competition, the planning, emotions… highs and lows I have ever read. Jeff shows himself to be more than just a special football coach: he is an amazing story teller.

—Coach Dick Tomey, former Head Coach, University of Arizona, Hawaii and San Jose State.

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Based on real events, One Game One Time offers a rare behind-the-scenes peek into the life of a still-active football coach, and his team’s perseverance against all odds. This inspirational, heartfelt story can be enjoyed by families, teams, and organizations of any kind.

One Game One Time, Kindle edition or paperback can be purchased by clicking the link below.


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The Author


JEFF SCURRAN is one of the nation’s most recognized high school football coaches. His mantra is teaching success through sport is an educational absolute. In over 40 years, he had never accepted a job with a team that had a winning record…yet all seven teams made it to the state playoffs by his second season. Coach Scurran inherited three 0-10 teams in his career, taking each one to the state playoffs in year one, the latest in 2013. In addition, Scurran spent a year in Italy and took the Guelfi Firenze Team to a 10-1 record and the national semi-finals.

Coach Scurran was hired as the first football coach at Pima College in 2000, rasing the funds himself to put the team on the field. In Pima’s inaugural game, the team upset the defending national champions in one of the most memorable games in Southern Arizona history. In 2004, after only four years of a football program, Pima landed a Top Five National ranking with a huge upset in the nationally televised Pilgrim’s Bowl Classic in Texas.

In 2005, the American Football Quarterly magazine named him “one of the nation’s top coaching prospects,” not realizing Scurran was in his fourth decade of coaching. In 2007, he was named National Coach of the Year by the NFL-SCA and selected to his community’s Sports Hall-of-Fame.

In his spare time, Scurran has coached a collection of high school senior student-athletes, recruited from all over the US, to be ambassadors for American-style Football, known as Team Stars and Stripes. Since 2007, the Team has played exhibition games in Munich, Paris, Torino, Rome, and twice in Tokyo.

Coach Scurran is an internationally recognized motivational speaker and consultant for corporate and educational seminars. He has been a featured speaker in over 1000 high schools, hundreds of football clinics, many university seminars, and in many locations in Europe and Japan.

Jeff Scurran holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in Journalism and Communications and a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona in Counseling and Psychology.