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THE ORIOLE 53 and brought the score to 7 to 0. The noise made by the rooters sounded a dull roar in his ears except occasionally when one side made a good play and its rooters would cheer it the more loudly. At the end of the first half Bartly was brought to life by hearing his name called; Allen was hurt and he was to play. In the first play he was given the ball and made fifteen yards. The ball was now in Rockwood’s territory. In the next play St. Mary’s fumbled and Rockwood recovered the ball, but had to punt out of danger. St. Mary’s now had the ball on their third yard line. Bartly dropped back as if to punt, instead he threw a sixty-vard pass to Cardwell, and after a series of line plunges St. Mary’s made a touchdown. The rooters went wild. Bartly was playing a brilliant game, being everywhere, tackling good, and playing a game never equaled on St. Mary’s held. A touchdown was made, but Johnson failed to kick goal; that left the score 7 to 6 in favor of Rockwood, and there were only forty minutes to play. Rockwood kicked off. and it was St. Mary’s ball on their own twenty-yard line. Bartly threw a pass which took them down the held twenty yards more. There were only forty seconds to play; they could not possibly make a touchdown in that time. There was only one chance left — a drop-kick. Would the line hold? Could he kick against that freshening breeze? It was a chance to win, however, so it was tried. He dropped back to kick, the ball was snapped, the line broke, but the ball sailed high over the heads of the on- coming Rockwood players and on over the crossbar. The whistle sounded. St. Mary’s had won by two points. Bartly was hoisted to the shoulders of the boys and carried at the head of the snake dance, and he was supremely happy for he had play- ed against Rockwood and had won. Roby Sutherland, ’ 25 .
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52 THE ORIOLE The Drop-Kick I T was a clear crisp day, late in November — an ideal day for football. The bleachers surrounding the gridiron of St. Mary’s were packed. People were standing along the side-lines waiting for t he greatest game of the season to be played, the greatest because it was to be played between the ancient rivals, St. Mary’s and Rockwood. Last year Rockwood had won, and all the players on St. Mary’s team were going to play their best. The whistle blew, a hush fell over the field as Johnson of St. Mary’s kicked off, far into Rockwood’s territory. Every one was cheering and enjoying the game except James Bartly, who was sitting on the substitute bench. Apparently he was watching the game, but his mind was on something else. He was thinking over his past life at St. Mary’s. He had come there as a freshman four years past, and had tried for the football team, but did not even make the second team that year. In his sophomore year he played on the sec- ond eleven and got to play in some of the smaller games. He came back to St. Mary’s the next year thinking he would be a member of the first team, but something was lacking. He worked mechanically and put neither pep nor drive into his plays. Thus his third year passed with him not nearer the first team than before, and the one ambition of every St. Mary’s man was to play against Rockwood and to win. When he reported for practice the first afternoon, in his last year at St. Mary’s, the coaches had seen a change in him. He was trying for the same position as usual, right half-back. It was found that he could drop-kick especially well and the choaches had said that if he kept the pep up he started with, he would make the first team. So the first game played be- tween the Scrubs and the Varsity found Bartly playing on the Varsity. During the season he had made a fine record and then in the third game before the big game with Rockwood, while playing unusually well, he was carried off the field with a badly hurt knee. When at last he reported for practice it was three days before the Rockwood game and Allen had been chosen to play in his place. And now he watched the game being played instead of playing. Early in the first half, a Rockwood end caught a forward pass and made a touchdown. Then Rockwood kicked a goal
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54 THE ORIOLE Life — what is it? Ah! who knows? Just a visit, I su ' ppose. Joy and sorrow For a while, Then tomorrow Time’s gone by. Youth — the morning, M an hood — noon . Age — the evening; Death comes soon. Shines a light To guide us; then ’Tis not far to Home again. Linda Conduff, ' 22.
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