Boody Junior High School - Beacon Yearbook (Brooklyn, NY)

 - Class of 1940

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ning of the girl had somehow reached everyone's ears. Jim knew this and made a very poor showing at practice. The coach had not put Jim in the starting lineup because of his bungling plays that morning. A tremendous cheer rent the air as the Harding eleven, clad in orange-red jerseys and blue helmets, trotted onto the field. The coin was tossed and State chose to receive. As the lineup was announced, the crowd was surprised when they didn't hear Jim's name mentioned for half-back. Harry Vail was in that position in Jim's place. The crowd's disappointment was short- lived,.for Harding kicked the pigskin. A thud was heard. Twenty- two colorful youths ran across the field. The game was onl Jim was sitting on the bench with his face in his hands, looking pleadingly at the coach. Would he be put into the game? The lack of Jim's powerful broken field running was beginning to show. Neither team had scored as yet. Vail had made a few gains and Harding was twice in State's territory, only to be driven back by the latter. The crowd noticed two sparkling players that afternoon, Vail of Harding and Bob Larsen of State. These two boys were playing a wonderful game, but not as the crowd was expecting to see when Jim Marvin met Bob Larsen. They yearned to see that DISPUTED GAME! The half was over, and the score was deadlocked at nothing to nothing. ln the third quarter, State started its rampage for a touchdown. Joe Cardona carried the ball for eighteen yeards on the first play. State's athletes, inspired by that wonderful backing and blocking, looked very determined. Something seemed lacking in Harding's backfield. The second play was stopped cold by Vail as he surprised the State ball carrier with a flying tackle. The ball was snapped to Bob Larsen. He tucked the ball under his arm and tore down the field preceded by two efficient blockers. As he neared Harding's goal, Vail appeared on the scene. But this time, his tackle did not click. Bob sidestepped beautifully and Vail hit the ground with a sickening thud. The field was clear now, and Bob trotted over the goal line for the first touch- down of the game. Tumultuous applause from the crowd followed this spectacular run. But suddenly the crowd and the players noticed that one man had failed to rise from the ground. lt was Vail. The team physician rushed from the bench to the outstreched Vail and carried him away after informing the Harding coach that Vail was through for the day. Time was called. As the third quarter ended, Harding's coach pointed to Jim and said, "Get in there for Vail and let's see you rock 'em off the earth." The crowd roared as Jim Marvin adjusted his helmet and trotted up to the referee. He handed him a slip and v . Y ll

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arm in his, and in a second they were walking together. Jim, gentle- man that he was, took her books and carried them with his. As they neared the girl's home, Jim noticed Marjory's house around the cor- ner. Barbara also noticed this, and gripped his arm tighter than be- fore. As they passed the house, Jim almost bowled over when he saw Marjory coming from the gate. 'I think I had better be going now," he stammered. Just then Marjory saw them. Barbara saw this and took out a handkerchief and faked that she was crying. "Boo-hoo. You do not like little Bobbie." With these words, she put her head on Jim's shoulder and started weeping. Poor Jim. He didn't know what to do. Barbara saw she had done her part, and suddenly she said, "You do not like Bobbie! I don't like you. Good-bye.." She smiled to herself and left Jim there alone. He walked over to Marjory and said, "Marj, I don't even know the girl. You must believe me." He looked at Marjory, who gazed past him with her nose pointed high. She looked even prettier like that. It made him love her more. She started to walk down the street at a quick pace. Jim had to run to get up to her. "Marj, listen to me," he pleaded. Fire came into Marjory's eyes. "You, you, you flirt. Don't you dare speak to me again for as long as you live. Go with your little Bobbie, go ahead." Tears rolled down her pretty face as she finished speaking. "And don't you call me anything but Miss Hastings, Mr. Marvin." "But Marj, you don't understand." Jim's tone was imploring. "Call me that again, will you?" With these words, Marjory slapped Jim and ran down the street. Jim was a very dejected fellow, standing there without Marjory. How could this happen to him while he was so happy? Yes, Jim walked home very sadly that night-a night of complete joy and success to Bob Larsen. Jim never dreamed of getting revenge very soon on the fellow who caused all this. IV It was Sunday. This was the starting day of the football season for Harding University. Its first opponent was State College. Hard- ing Stadium was a colorful one that day, banners flying, cheer-leaders inspiring the immense crowd which had gathered at the Stadium. These anxious people were certain of seeing a wonderfulgame from start to the final boom of the gun. They were expecting something else too. The story of Jim's affair with Marjory and of Bob's win- I0

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said, "Marvin for Vail." His teammates clapped him on the back and said, "Attaboy Jim. Let's give it to 'em." lt was the last quarter. The kick for the extra point had been good and the score was 7 - 0, favor of State. lt was State's ball again on their own twenty-five yard line. The State eleven came out of their huddle and snapped the ball back to Cardona. Cardona started around end with Larsen beside him. As a Harding man tackled Cardona, he lateraled the ball to Larsen and Bob was off again. This time he had no interference with him. The only man in his way now was Jim Marvin. A streak of yellow passed through Bob's heart as he neared Jim. That was it. He was afraid. He sidestepped as he did to Vail, hoping for the same result. But Jim had not been fooled. As Bob sidestepped, he threw himself to the right and his arms met Bob's knees, and Bob was stopped on the l0-yard line. As the two rivals arose from the ground, Bob said, "Neat little girl l got myself, eh, chump? Barbara sure played you for a sucker." Jim was fiery mad. He wanted to spring at Bob. "Why you-" But just then Jim's arms were held back by his teammates and Bob walked to his team's huddle, with a sneer on his face. The Harding quarterback had seen Jim trying to hit Bob and had a strategic thought. Jim would carry that ball like lightning to get revenge, so he wisely waited for their turn to receive. It came soon, for the next three State plays were not successful and it was Harding's ball on their own l0-yard line. The quarterback called Jim's play around end, and Jim took the ball like a flash. He cut and sidestepped like a ball of fire. He sped along the field: 50, 60, 70, 80, and l0 more to go for a touchdown. The crowd was at last seeing what it had ex- pected, for now Bob was between Jim and the goal. Jim was red with anger, He ran straight for Bob, brought down his arm, and his palm went flush into Bob's face. Jim stepped over the goal for a touch- down. Bob slowly got up. He felt very much humiliated. The spec- tators laughed. The kick for extra point was not good and the score was now 7 - 6, because of Jim's 90-yard run. They finished their receiving without further tally. There was one minute to go. Again Cardona of State took the ball. This was the last play. As Cardona ran down the field, there came a boom sig- nifying the game was over after this play was completed. Then Car- dona encountered Jim in midfield, the latter asked for the ball, saying that the game was over for the gun had sounded. Cardona said, "Oh," and calmly handed Jim the ball. Jim smiled and started running down the field, for the play was l2

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