Just Once Story by Thomas J. Dygard

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verybody liked the moose to his father and mother he was bryan-as in bryan jefferson crawford-but to everyone at bedford city high he was the moose he was latge and strong as you might imagine from his nickname and he was pretty fast on his feet-sort of nim ble you might say-considering his size he didn,t have a pretty face but he had a quick and easyslnils 5pyss1 some of the teacherscalled it nice others said but on the football field the moose was neither sweet nor nice he was just strong and fast and a little bit devastating as the left tackle of the bedford city bears 7hen the moose blocked somebody he stayed blocked when the moose was called on to open a hole in the line for one of the bears funners the hole more often than not resembled an open garage door now in his senior season the moose had twice been named to the all-conference team and was considered a cinch for all-state he spent a lot of his spare time when he wasn t in a classroom or on the football field reading letters from colleges eager to have the moose pursue higher education and footba ll at their institution but the moose hadahang-up he didn t go public with his hang-up until the sixth game of the season.but looking back most of his team mates agreed that probably the moose had been nurtufing the hang-up secretly for two years or more the moose wanted to carry the ba for sure the moose was not the first interior lineman in the history of football or even the history of bedford city high who banged heads up front and wore bruises like badges of honor-and dreamed of racing down the field with the ball to the end zonet while evervbodv in the bleachers screamedhis name but most linemen it seems are able to stifle the urge the idea may pop into their minds from time to time but 1 end zone area between the goal line and the end line the line marking the boundary of the playing area at each end of a football field %i dialogue with the text whydid everyone the like mooee etory willprobably the endupnellin7 jh there eome are difficullwords but nh deocriptiv eenten ee e e c you helv underenand it he ie qetting college applicanione,is emart aleo he thiedeecribee whar a well e?ort6 playerfeele in ihat gituanion words to ovt|n devastating dev es.tit i4 v usedas odj causing great damageor destruction nurturing nur drar iq v promoting the growth of nourishing wryil -john kolar mountain high school junior austin texas 4 momenrsortrurn

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the fact that the moose had ,uij ro thing night against edgewood strange he was expecting high o the moose to say reviewed aw gee thanks strategies the review coach th what r.o n a the dan blevins the bears moose always said when quarrerb;c if the the coacfr issued a signal caller would compliment but the loin in ;yb moose had said some coflch villiams would listen thing else the coach turned back to the heafd dan said but moose a look of disbelief iook whfi on his face 7hat yeah,i up joe rvright at guard did you say bitt slocum et right tackle even herbie i want to carry the ratson o ball they might all want to coach lvllliamr carrv the ball what are we going to do_take turns ter be he gave a te&ra smile anj a fitue noo it doesn,t work that wav and said you kelp@i on blocking son so much for dan this time coach williams mu-otgoooon blevins his turn and moved awayf.om tfr fvfoose the moose found that the following week,s practice and the most of the players in the next friday s game passed without further in backfield agreed with dan cident after all the game u u ro game they couldn t see any over at cartwright ron high thirry_five miles why the moose should away the moose the in especially in place of carrythe ball bat rront u ilt;in o orth themselves even jerry dixon who then the moose went owed u tot of to work his glory to the moose,s he caught up with the nt l coach on the way and h fi taking :t#ffiffii an accolade when his brain registered coach w illiams v 2s qtraa.r pfactice week jt.tff:ffiff ff to the pfactice field on wednesday remen ber he said leaning forward and down little to get his face in the coach,s face .j sei i want to carry the ball coach villiams must have been thinkiq about something else because it toot nim l minute to look up into the moose even then he didn,t say anl,thing i meant it the moose said meant what i want to run the ball oh coach $irilliams said yes he remem d son you re a grcatleft tackle a gr:u p t blocker let,s leave it that wav the moose let ies rny ;ih r ff h:f as hish t 1 9u presspraise 6 morrlrs ak,a.tad something saidor done ro ex woros to own iir r ifl 1 ff t,er ent od1 ent showing pati accepan ce

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moose and his teammates were standing on the tigers five-yard line about to pile on an other touchdown the moose sawhis substitute larryhidden getting a slap on the behind and then running onto the field the moose turned to leave then he heard larry tell the referee hinden for holbrook holbrook chad holbrook the ftrllback chad gave the coach a funny look and jogged off the field lany joined the huddle and said coach says the moose at fullback and give him the ball dan blevins said really really the moose was giving his grin s.weet some of the teachers called it nice others said i want to do an end run the moose said dan looked at the sky a moment then said what does it mattet the quarterback took the snap from cen ter moved back and to his right while turn ing and extended the ball to the moose the moose took the ball and cradled it in his right hand so far so good he hadn,t fumbled probably both coach williams and dan were surprised he ran a couple of steps and looked our ir front and said aloud fhoa where hadallthose tacklers come fromi the whole wodd seemed to be peopled with players in red jerseys_the red of the benton heights tigers they all were looking straight at the moose and advancing tou_ard him they looked very determined and nor friendly at all and there were so manr of them the moose had faced tough g.ri i the line but usually one at a time or mar_be two but this_five or six and all of them heading for him the moose screeched to a halt g.hfu.ledandtanthe otherway dan blevins blocked somebody in a red ier sey breaking through the middle of the line and the moose wanted to stop running and thank him but he kept going his reverse had caught the tigers defend ers going the wrong way and the field iln front of the moose looked open but his blockers were going the oirg ar roo maybe that was why the fielj looked sqr open what did it mattet though n_ith nlhe field clear in front of him this was going to be a cakewalk;8 the moose was going ro score a touchdown then again hoa players with red jerseys were beginning to fill the empry space-a lot of them aro ,h.o were all running toward the moor the were kind of low with their arms spread as if they wanted to hit him hard and then grab him 8 cakewalk easy task.

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