My love of football began early in high school when my then favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, were rivals of the Dallas Cowboys who were my friend, Cheri’s, main football squeeze. I won’t date myself by mentioning who the quarterbacks were, but they both were really good! I also enjoyed going to high school football games. Although I attended an all-girls school, our brother school had a team, and my friends and I knew some of the players and cheerleaders. Don’t ask me if they were any good – it was mostly a social event where the action was as much in the stands as on the field!
Not only do I like watching football, but my enjoyment of the sport extends to books as well. There are plenty of them out there that feature teens, and here are a couple I’ve read in the past month.
I love a good underdog story, and the Muckers in Sandra Neil Wallace’s novel sure fit that description. It’s 1950 and the mines in Hatley, Arizona are running out of ore. Layoffs are happening right and left and, as a result, the high school is closing down. This is the Hatley Muckers’ final opportunity to win the Northern title, go to the state championship and bring football glory back to the town. Quarterback Red O’Sullivan and wingback Cruz Villaneuva are going to work their guts out to make it happen.
Because I’m a female who likes football, I was really pleased when Dairy Queen came out a number of years ago. I’ve been meaning to read it forever and finally got around to it in October. D.J. is a girl in a family of boys – a family that loves, loves, loves football and has produced some darn good players. Things are in a bit of an upheaval though, and D.J. is left to manage the family’s dairy farm one summer when her father is injured. When Brian, the quarterback from the rival high school shows up to help out, D.J. is miffed. Brian seems lazy and cocky and much more trouble than he’s worth. It turns out that Brian needs her help as much as she needs his though – help in the form of training for the next football season. And exactly how is THAT going to work?
For more stories of teens on the gridiron, check out this list.