LONG BEACH — Edison High football coach Dave White knew going into Thursday's Sunset League championship game against Los Alamitos what the two keys would be, if his Chargers were to come away with another title.
"We need to not give up the big plays and not turn the ball over," he said, both last week after the Chargers defeated Fountain Valley, and earlier this week as his team prepared for its showdown with the Griffins.
Unfortunately for White, his greatest fears came to light at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.
Los Alamitos used two huge plays to score its first two touchdowns, another to set up a third score and one final, long play to seal a 26-21 victory to dethrone Edison as league champion.
"I told you," White said after the game, after his young, injury-riddled Chargers had fought the Griffins to the final gun.
"They've got the guys who can make the big play, and they did just that," he continued. "We gave up some big plays when we appeared to have them where we wanted them, and that's the difference in the game.