High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the
best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina
Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days,
and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake,
the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football
Now, as Coach Rake’s “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for
the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay
the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide
once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake—or hate him.
For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his
coach—and himself—before he can get on with life, the stakes
are especially high.