The score was still tied in the fourth quarter. The players on both teams, could now see the reasoning for the conditioning during the two a day practices, before the season began. Uniforms were dirty and their minds were clear.
“Okay,  play action with Miller faking up the middle. Johnson you go down and out. Anderson, run a post. We’ll see who’s open.”
Paul’s heart started beating fast. Until this time in all the games, he had been used as a blocking tight end. They were looking for something different, sending him out on a post pattern.
“Ready. Set! Hut Hut! The players leaped into action colliding on the line. The plan for play action worked as the back  pretended to carry the ball and ran into a wall of defense, including the fooled linebackers. leaving Paul with a one on one with the opposing safety. Paul acted as if he was going on a fly route and cut into an angled path towards middle field. The safety had continued a step or two down field realizing to late, he had been duped!
When Paul looked up as he cut, The ball was already in the air. It was the prettiest spiral he had ever seen. He felt no negativity. The play was working perfectly. The ball landed in his cradled arms as if the quarterback had handed it to him. Catching in stride he ran untouched running into the end zone.
The fans had already been standing while the ball was in the air. When Paul crossed the goal line you could hear the cheers and shouts back in Paul’s neighborhood. But most of them were at the game.