'Friday Night Lights' cast members reunite 10 years after show premiered

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By Erin Clements

Texas forever!

Nearly 10 years after "Friday Night Lights" premiered on NBC, more than a dozen cast members reunited on Panther Field as part of Austin's ATX Television Festival, fittingly, on Friday night.

Jack Plunkett

Scott Porter (Jason Street), Gaius Charles (Smash Williams), Adrianne Palicki (Tyra Collette), Jesse Plemons (Landry Clarke) and Matt Lauria (Luke Cafferty) were among the Dillon (and East Dillon) High alums in attendance at the event, which also featured Connie Britton (Tami Taylor) as a surprise guest.

Jack Plunkett
Jack Plunkett

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In addition to a screening of the Season 4 episode "The Son," fans were treated to a performance from Crucifictorious, Landry's fictional band from the show — Louanne Stephens (Grandma Saracen) even got in on the action, playing the tambourine.

Though Kyle Chandler (Eric Taylor) was missing from the festivities, the crowd paid tribute by shouting the line that frequently ended his locker-room pep talks: "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose."

Jack Plunkett

We imagine Coach Taylor's motivational words were also on the minds of "FNL" stars Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly, Taylor Kitsch and Aimee Teegarden when they gathered separately for a Spartan Race in Chicago this weekend.