ESPN reporter Steve Cyphers did a masterful job of telling the story of Parkersburg, IA and Coach Ed Thomas. I think you'll find it's worth the thirteen-minute investment to watch this video.
Elizabeth Merrill also logged an excellent article about the A-P football team, which includes links to additional Coach Thomas video footage.
Aplington-Parkersburg opens their season against Dike-New Hartford on Friday night. The game will be televised on ESPN at 6:00 p.m. CST.