Every week at practice the kids tried and failed to beat Jeff, possibly because he has the tiniest height and age advantage. At the final practice, however, they managed to secure a head start on that week's attempt by working hard on their drills, and Jeff just happened to have enough ice cream for everybody in a cooler he just happened to have with him. None of the children questioned this.
|Informing his players of the astounding coincidence that is a cooler-full of ice cream + a head start orchestrated by the coach. All they had to do was run their legs off around the field one last time.|
The only rules were that they had to stay outside the white lines, and they had to run the whole way. I'm actually a little amazed that they managed to follow these rules, as they all became a little squirrelly when they realized their relative proximity to ice cream.
|There they are on the other side of the field. This was by far the fastest I ever saw a couple of those kids move.|
Atticus and friends closing in the finish line, safely ahead of the coach:
Wonder of wonders, every last kid beat the coach, who then cruelly brought them in for a congratulatory huddle before unleashing the team.
|There's always a kid who just can't wait.|
|Also not outside the white lines, which Atticus, of course, pointed out.|