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Thomas Grove, the Dead

Margherita Gilley

Football is a tough sport and high school football is tougher than most people imagine: heat, soul-crushing gassers, exhaustion, and corruption are all part of everyday life at Wilson High in the fictional town of Altoona, Texas.

The gridiron is where an unexpected struggle begins for Thomas Grove, a quarterback for the Wilson High School team. He and his friend Abel Martin just want an uneventful year, but they are caught in a scandal that threatens their survival on the high school football team. Despite the grueling trials, Thomas and Abel are determined to stay on the team. But someone has to be cut and Coach Bellicose knows exactly who that player should be: Abel Martin, the skinny pain-in-the-ass, Thomas Grove’s best friend.

On August 22nd, during a particularly tough practice, Abel Martin collapses, relinquishing one of the coveted spots on the team. But Thomas knows what really happened on the field; it wasn’t just heat exhaustion. He retreats into his own world, dead to all, to figure out how to deal with the cataclysmic events that destroy Abel’s chances of playing football. How can Thomas get through the year without Abel? With the help of Ana, his girlfriend, and a small group of colorful friends, Thomas finds his voice and brings justice to Wilson High.