In 2015, Multimedia Producer Mike Simons, Photo Editor John Clanton and then Sports Columnist John E. Hoover spent 12 months pulling back the curtain on two small-town heroes trying to earn a shot at the big time - a Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer.

Four years later, the two are still teammates: The University of North Texas began a Heisman campaign for Mason Fine this offseason, while Jason Pirtle is a wide receiver for the Mean Green.

Take a look back at our series on the Locust Grove standouts here.