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July 31st, 2006

“Of course, you know that the play is usually to charge your opponent

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toward the centre
“Of course, you know that the play is usually to charge your opponent
toward the centre. Play to get around the opposing end on the outside
and block the runner. If he finds you’ve got past and are waiting for
him he will likely turn in and try to get through nearer the centre of
the line, and the centre of the line is the hardest to gain through. So
‘turn ‘em in’ is the regular rule, Thayer. On attack keep close to your
guard and help him on plays inside your position. Learn to work smoothly
with him. Usually you’ll be able to settle between you whether you’re to
help him or go out and help the end. It depends on the play and on how
strong the guard is. When you make a hole, make it clean; and don’t stop
when it’s made. Keep on playing until the ball is down. And don’t trust
the horn for it, either. See it down yourself.

July 31st, 2006

“No, it isn’t

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“No, it isn’t. I could eat cold–cold–cold dog! Come on. We might as
well walk as sit here and freeze to death.”

July 31st, 2006

The shout came frantically from somewhere and Clint saw the pigskin,

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squeezed from the half-back’s arms, bound into air
The shout came frantically from somewhere and Clint saw the pigskin,
squeezed from the half-back’s arms, bound into air. A blue-sleeved arm
shot toward it, and another, but the ball, bouncing away from an eager
hand, went, turning lazily over and over in its flight, toward the side
line. Clint turned swiftly and pursued, elbowed by others. He shot an
arm out to the left and cleared his path. Cries and pounding footsteps
came to his ears. Away rolled the ball, spurning the five-yard line,
seemingly bent on trickling out of bounds. A blue-jerseyed player tried
to edge past Clint, but the latter swung in front of him. Then he was on
the ball, and up again with it tucked against his stomach, and was
plunging toward the goal line, a scant six yards away! A Claflin man
dived at him and strove to pinion his knees, but with a wrench Clint
tore one leg free and staggered on another stride. Arms clutched him
about the shoulders and it seemed that he was pulling a ton of weight
with him. Then there was a shock, his legs went from under him and he
toppled to earth. But as he fell, and as the last breath in his body
seemed to leave him forever, he pushed the ball away from him at arm’s
length and set his fingers about it like so many vises! And that was the
last he knew.

July 31st, 2006

There was no practice that afternoon for the second and so Clint

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witnessed the Chambers game from the grand-stand in company with Amy and
Bob Chase
There was no practice that afternoon for the second and so Clint
witnessed the Chambers game from the grand-stand in company with Amy and
Bob Chase. Chase was a Sixth Form fellow, long, loose-jointed and
somewhat taciturn. He with his partner, Brooks, had won the doubles in
the tennis tournament a few days previously. Before the game was more
than five minutes old he had surprised Clint with the intimate knowledge
he displayed of football. Possibly Amy discerned his chum’s surprise;
for he said: “I forgot to tell you, Clint, that Bob is the fellow who
invented the modern game of American football, he and Walter Camp
together, that is. And I’ve always suspected that Bob gives Camp too
much credit, at that!”

July 31st, 2006

CHAPTER X

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July 31st, 2006

“Yes, great

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“Yes, great.”

July 31st, 2006

It is always something of a shock to realise that an event which has

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been dreaded for days has at last arrived
It is always something of a shock to realise that an event which has
been dreaded for days has at last arrived. During that tense moment
wherein the blue-stockinged Briggs had cuddled the ball into position on
the tee Clint had experienced just such a shock. Only yesterday the
Claflin game had been of the future, only this morning he had still
viewed it uneasily as a thing impending, and now–presto!–it was here.
He endured for a long minute more kinds of stage-fright than he had
ever dreamed of! But action was a panacea for his malady, and the
instant he thrust himself in the path of a plunging Claflin man, felt
the impact of the hard-muscled body against him, recovered and fell into
his place in the quickly-formed wedge of interference, the thrill of
battle drove out fear.

July 31st, 2006

“He needed a lot more,” replied Amy grimly

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“He needed a lot more,” replied Amy grimly. “Personally, I was a bit
sorry he fessed up so quick. I was hoping for another whack at him!”

July 31st, 2006

“I don’t see why he should believe Dreer any more than you and me,”

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Clint objected
“I don’t see why he should believe Dreer any more than you and me,”
Clint objected.

July 31st, 2006

“I guess I’d have something to say about that,” said Dreer, blustering

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weakly
“I guess I’d have something to say about that,” said Dreer, blustering
weakly. Beaufort cut in impatiently.

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