The Cougars’ pregame routine starts with an on-field walk-through at 2:30 . Next is a team meal of pasta, red sauce and Caesar salad, prepared by the same moms each week, in the cafeteria. Defensive tackle Desmond Johnson leads a team prayer during warmups. Then it’s down to the locker room, where the players pack into the tight space, turn off the lights and yell rap lyrics while their eyes adjust to the darkness. At first they cannot see a thing. Then they can make out the outline of the teammate across from them. Then, as the playlist switches from one song to the next, 55 pairs of white pupils dot a black canvas.