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by Edward Bloor
Tangerine Part 2, Chapter 4 Summary
Friday, September 22 Paul gets to play in his first away game today! The Tangerine War Eagles ride in an old bus to Palmetto Middle School, whose team—and fans—play pretty nasty. Victor gets his guys pumped up, but the Palmetto Whippoorwills are violent, bloodthirsty cheaters—even their fans throw stuff at the War Eagles from the sidelines. Paul and his team are better players, though, so even when it starts pouring rain, they keep their cool. Well… until Tino gets knocked down, and starts punching the kid who did it in the face. The coach drags him off the field, and then puts Paul in for Tino. Not as goalie—as center forward! Paul plays fine until he somehow misses the ball on a kick, which gets Victor so screaming mad he's ready to kill him. The next time Paul gets a shot at the ball, a Whippoorwill knocks him down, grabs his space goggles, and smears mud into his eyes! Poor Paul goes nuts attacking the kid, till the coach drags him off the field, too. So he watches from the sidelines as the War Eagles manage to pull off a last-second win, with Victor scoring the winning goal—and cracking heads with the Whippoorwills' goalie at the same time. On the bus ride home, Victor apologizes for yelling at him. He was impressed with Paul's guts out there, and tells him he's a real War Eagle now. They're brothers.
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