with his divorced father.Tino Tonitini's straight
blonde hair was blowing furiously in the winter winds. The sophomore
third-string linebacker/safety was wearing a long-sleeved blue polo
shirt and purple MAD DOG athletic warmups. His number 6 jersey,
helmet, and contact pads was stored in Bus One.Tino was surrounded by two
of his best friends at Middleton High, Lor McQuarrie, a junior who
was a decent athlete on the Lady Mad Dogs basketball team and Tish
Katsufrakis, who was in the same grade as Tino."It's OK, Mom. I'll
be fine." Tino said as he stared into his mother's teary eyes.
"Everything is going to be fine. I'm not in harm's way or
anything.""But, Tino, our team is going to face up
against South Panola! You know how good they are!" Mrs. Tonitini
exclaimed.Tino hugged his mom and
comforted her. "If we have strength and confidence in each other
as a team, I think we can beat South Panola."Lor looked
on as the two embraced each other and sighed. "I wish if I had a
mom who paid attention to me all the time, considering I have eight
other brothers."Tish shuddered. "I can't even
imagine the idea of you being the only sister to nine siblings.
Besides, how big is your house?"Lor blushed on her
cheeks. "About 2,500 square feet with six bedrooms. My dad had
to buy bunk-beds for my brothers. I'm just s...