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High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

Now, as Coach Rake’s “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach –-- and himself – before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high.
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published on September 9, 2003 by Random House
ISBN-10: 0375433309
ISBN-13: 9780375433306
2 Book Reviews
  • renzo_w
    renzo_walmost 6 years55 stars
    Neely Crenshaw, best quarterback high school football player. He plays for the Messina Spartans. Those 15 years had been glory, and Neely returned to Messina to Coach Eddie Rake's team. This coach made this team an unbeatable team. As Spartans waited the lights to signal his pass, they replayed the old games, relive the glory days, they thought of what coach Eddie did in the glory days, why people love him and why people hate him. Another reason of the lights, is for Neely to forgive his coach. They played games of football, lost a few, struggling, and when the team finally, cooperates, they are back in the unbeatable team.
    • renwuabout 6 years
      Neely Crenshaw, best quarterback high school football player. He plays for the Messina Spartans. Those 15 years had been glory, and Neely returned to Messina to Coach Eddie Rake's team. This coach made this team an unbeatable team. As Spartans waited the lights to signal his pass, they replayed the old games, relive the glory days, they thought of what coach Eddie did in the glory days, why people love him and why people hate him. Another reason of the lights, is for Neely to forgive his coach. They played games of football, lost a few, struggling, and when the team finally, cooperates, they are back in the unbeatable team.