The Question and Answer section for Friday Night Lights is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
man vs self (physical challenge)
man vs society (Coach Gaine's conflict with the town)
Some of the various themes in Friday Night Lights are as follows; racism, football and the economy, education/sports, male/female stereotypes.
For a detailed look at the novel's themes, visit Gradesaver's theme page for the unit.
I don't think Don wanted to be racist but, when stressed, he reverted to the only viewpoint he was brought up with. After a series of mistakes on the field, Chris Comer replaces Don. Chris happens to be black and Don reverts to racist rants that...