By Mike Lupica
From no 1 ny instances bestselling writer of shuttle staff, warmth, and MILLION-DOLLAR THROW comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly soccer novel set amid the Friday evening lighting fixtures global of Texas highschool football
Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback enjoying highschool soccer in Texas, the high-pressure land of Friday evening lighting. he's additionally the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his staff to the Texas country Championship final season--not to say the son of former NFL quarterback and native legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be soccer royalty . . . which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow. Being a very good teammate comes evidently to Jake; being a winner and a star doesn't. Jake could be a Cullen, and he may possibly play quarterback, yet he's not his brother or his father. he is similar to any other child: combating for each ounce of recognize, awkward round a gorgeous woman, in awe of his well-known kin, and desparate to at the same time mixture in and forged his personal shadow. encouraged by way of the real-life Manning family members of quarterbacks and set amid the football-crazy tradition of Texas, QB 1 is a coming-of-age tale excellent for the fan of MILLION-DOLLAR THROW and HEAT.
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Don’t inform me with my eyes closed. ” “Not gonna,” Jake stated. “You bought scorching ahead of. Get sizzling for another throw. ” Nate snapped him the ball and Casey moved conscientiously to his correct at the back of Nate and the proper aspect of the road. Calvin drove the fellows protecting him into the top region, planted with out slipping, began again for the ball. Then for the 1st time, he slipped and went down. Worst attainable second, simply as Casey was once approximately to unlock the ball. by some means Casey, in spite of that rainy ball in his fingers, was once in a position to carry directly to it and forestall his throwing movement. He pulled the ball down and stored rolling to his correct, purchasing himself extra time, looking ahead to Calvin to choose himself up. Locked on Calvin one final time. Calvin acquired up. challenge used to be, his momentum had introduced him the entire means out to concerning the three-yard line now. Casey allow the ball move besides, threw the simplest move he had all day whether it used to be a quick one, a good spiral during the rain that landed in Calvin’s arms. once Calvin had his fingers at the ball, he was once already turning his physique, squaring himself up, figuring out he was once wanting the top quarter, understanding he needed to get there in some way. And it made the cornerback ultimate on him omit, pass sliding prior. Now there has been sufficient room and time for Calvin to lunge ahead with the ball, doing no matter what he needed to do to get it to go the airplane on the target line. simply as he did, the linebacker closest to Calvin hit him from the facet, positioned an exceptional lick on him, direct hit. The ball got here unfastened. And squirted into the top region. Jake observed all of it the best way, even from the place he used to be, observed the ball move skidding alongside the floor until eventually it disappeared beneath the rain and dirt and Texas highschool soccer groups. The refs went operating in. Jake heard a whistle over the noise of the rain and wind, observed the refs attempting to separate our bodies, see who had the ball on the backside of the pile. Jake must have recognized. must have recognized that the fellow with the ball, the final guy up, displaying the refs and the area that he had the ball, used to be the most powerful man Jake had ever met. Nate Collins. Nate, who bought up and signaled landing ahead of the ref closest to him did, the landing that intended Granger had gained this online game, that intended Granger used to be again within the nation finals. while Nate eventually obtained to the sideline, coated with dust and as a lot natural pleasure as Jake had ever visible on a soccer field—and after what he was once lovely definite used to be the 1st landing of Nate’s complete career—he took off his helmet and hugged Jake, overlaying Jake in dust now. Nate pulled again now, nonetheless smiling, and stated to Jake, “I think you owe me a few pie. ” 32 JAKE bought THE CLEARANCE TO PLAY FROM document MALLOZZI ON Monday, correct after university, and his mother took him directly from Doc’s place of work to perform. Jake set a world’s list getting his pads on and into uniform, started to arrange himself for Granger’s rematch with castle Carson within the 1AA finals, even supposing he’d been getting ready himself because Nate recovered that fumble in Highland Junction. Jake didn’t care if it was once final year’s opponent or now not, no matter if Wyatt have been the quarterback in that video game or no longer.