HUNTINGTON BEACH – Dave White could only shake his head as he crossed midfield at Huntington Beach High's Sheue Field late Thursday night.
But as the veteran Edison High football coach slowed his pace, he allowed himself to break into an uneasy smile.
"I've lost so many tough games to John Barnes and Los Al over the years, so I guess it's our turn tonight," White said moments after Edison withstood a frantic finish and a last-ditch drive by defending champion Los Alamitos, to come away with a key, 10-7 victory on the opening night of the Sunset League race.
"We tried to give the game away but thankfully, we didn't," White continued, the smile starting to fade as he rehashed what had just taken place. "We blew a lot of opportunities and had a lot of stupid penalties. But we won and that's what counts."