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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
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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.
"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.
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-
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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
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