Football is Matt's passion as he begins eighth grade. He anticipates being the quarterback for the school team and looks forward to a great season with his best friends as teammates. A new student in seventh grade may squelch his plans. Devro is a good football player, maybe better than Matt, and he presents strong competition for the quarterback position. Told in journal entries, Matt begins to record his team practices and games for an English assignment. Responses from his English teacher appear once a week and improvement in his writing is evident as the journal progresses. Play-by-play descriptions of the games, diagrams of strategies, and copies of the players' statistics make this a good choice for sports minded, middle grade students. A lengthy note in the back discusses the book Instant Replay published in 1968 which was written by Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap with special emphasis on Vince Lombardi and his influence on the game of football. Part of the "Fred Bowen Sports Story" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.