The 2019 Dixie State football season was the most eventful in the program’s 90 year history. Athletic Director Jason Boothe and 1st year Head Coach Paul Peterson had only 11 games to prepare their team for a quantum leap to NCAA Division 1 status. The Rise goes deep inside the Trailblazers daunting task; from financial and academic challenges to 10 hour bus rides and player suspensions due to undisciplined aggression. This film looks at the season from inside out, as experienced by the coaches players in sideline celebrations and confrontations. Intertwined with action on the field is the DSU Athletic Department’s struggle to raise funds, schedule new opponents and achieve Division 1 compliance.

Through it all Boothe and Peterson lead the Trailblazers to the best record in Dixie State University history and look to the future as a NCAA football program on The Rise.

USA, 2020
Run time 1:10
Written, Directed & Edited by Phil Tuckett
Produced by the Faculty, Staff and Students of DSU Digital Film Program
Trailer: TBA