Fiction / Football / High School / Underdog

The Truck Brothers

Can trucks stop a train?

Mark McMillion
8 min readJun 9, 2024

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The West High School Steamrollers were 9–2 last season and the word is they’re bigger, stronger, and faster this year. Their offense is known for pounding the ball up the gut. Over at Williams High, the Dragons’ defensive coordinator Wild Bill Griffith was working with his nose guard Joe Mack and middle linebacker Mack Jones to stop the attack.

Joe Mack was 5’7” and weighed 260. He was round but deceptively quick. Other teams routinely underestimated his quickness. There was nothing about him to indicate his first step was like lightning. He wasn’t going to beat anyone in the 40-yard dash — heck, he might not even make it 40 yards! But that first step off the ball? If you were across the ball from him, and you knew the count, he would be in your face when you were still coming out of your three-point stance!

Mack Jones was 5’10” and 185 pounds of raging fury at middle linebacker. Running backs for him were like raw steak for a hungry junkyard dog. Mack started licking his lips as he came out of the defensive huddle. By the time the ball was snapped, he was breathing hard and his eyes were wild. He wasn’t great dropping back into pass coverage, but between the tackles he was fearsome. Like his workout buddy Joe, people…

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Mark McMillion

Retired Army officer with two tours in Baghdad, married with four kids. Proud West Virginian and West Point grad. Works available on Amazon.