Good football -- and a victory on the side lines as well, as Jerry Dale, 5'10"", weighing only 114 pounds, recognizes that sports reporting represents his only entree to the football field. Reporter on the staff of Woodview High's Index. Jerry becomes completely absorbed in the current situation- the arrival of the new coach, Clair Randal, who had worked only with small teams, and the conflict with Woodview's Big Four, headed by player Chick Yount, who orders Randall to ""play it their way"". But Randall is determined to take some of the cockiness out of his stars (a goal Jerry too had evidenced in his reporting) and there are expulsions from the team which to Jerry seem going too far. Eventually, however, he recognizes the rightness of Randall's tactics, and a chastened lad, he launches himself on a new campaign in the Index which helps lead both team and school to victory. More to this than the run of the mill sports story. Breezy writing.