Factual error: About fifteen minutes into the film, Ed Harris is in his home watching film from the previous game. In the background, but purposely featured to make comparisons between Harris' character and former Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, is a commemorative Bear Bryant Coca-Cola bottle. The bottle commemorates the Bear's then-record 315th career victory as a head coach - a feat accomplished in 1981, five years AFTER the movie's 1976 setting.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Coach Jones is at home viewing 8mm film of a previous game, the first shot (close-up) of the projector from the right (operator) side reveals that the supply reel is turning correctly in a clockwise direction. In a subsequent wide shot from across the room, showing the projector from its left side, both reels are turning clockwise, which means that the film was running backwards though no action on Coach Jones' part would have made that occur.
Factual error: On the play where the ball is intercepted, the players knee touches the ground. National High School football rules state that when any ball-carrier's knee touches the ground, the play is dead at that spot. The player should not have been able to return the ball for a touchdown. It was either a referee's mistake, or a mistake filming the play, allowing the knee to touch the ground. (00:31:25)
Factual error: Towards the beginning of the movie, when Radio is pushing his cart past the pre-season workouts, the Nike football cleats the team is wearing have the '90's style trim and slim "swoosh" even though the film is set in 1976. The shoe style is very modern. At the time of the movie, Nike used a bulkier shoe with a very large and noticeable "swoosh". At the films setting, Nike was a young company mainly selling in the Northwest U.S. and it's very unlike a school from the South would be able to equip their entire team.
Continuity mistake: When Radio is eating Newdoll's sandwich in the police station, he turns and points at Coach Jones with his right hand holding the sandwich. The camera cuts back to the front of Radio and the other two officers, the sandwich is back in Radio's left hand as he brings his right hand back in front of him to gesture to the television. (01:06:45)
Factual error: After Coach Jones takes Radio home for the first time Radio goes into his room and begins taking apart the desk radio that Coach Honeycutt gave him. He takes the back cover off which separates the AC terminals of the radio from the case. This is not a battery powered radio, yet Radio is able to turn it on and we hear the radio operating and the stations changing as he adjusts the dial. If you look closely at the back of the radio in one scene you can even see the AC terminals.Robert Sullinger
Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the film, Radio is walking down the street in town. He is approaching a woman with her child who looks at Radio in disgust and pulls her child towards the curb to cross the street. Two shots later, Radio has bypassed the woman and the child by at least 20 feet, but they are just stepping away from the curb and into the street.