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One Great Game: Two Teams, Two Dreams, in the First Ever National Championship High School Football…

by Don Wallace

Atria Books | September 13, 2005 | Trade Paperback

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For more than a century, no Number 1 and Number 2 high schoolfootball team had ever met -- until October 6, 2001
One Great Game
This is the story of two teams -- Concord De La Salle, a private Catholic school in an upscale Northern California suburb, and Long Beach Poly, a proud public institution from a blue-collar SoCal seaport -- striving to achieve the same goal: the all-American dream.
In this supercharged account of the first-ever national high-school championship game, acclaimed sports journalist -- and former Poly varsity football player -- Don Wallace goes out onto the field and straight into the heart of each team. One Great Game offers a rare look at the world of young-adult sportsmanship, featuring up-close and personal interviews with the team players and their families, coaches and cheerleaders, rabid fans and sworn enemies. The result is a powerful piece of sports literature in the tradition of the classic Friday Night Lights. More than a book about football, One Great Game is an engaging cultural history about twenty-first-century American life.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.9 in

Published: September 13, 2005

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743446224

ISBN - 13: 9780743446228

Found in: Sports and Fitness

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One Great Game: Two Teams, Two Dreams, in the First Ever National Championship High School Football…

by Don Wallace

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.9 in

Published: September 13, 2005

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743446224

ISBN - 13: 9780743446228

About the Book

In the tradition of H.G. Bissinger's classic "Friday Night Lights," veteran journalist Don Wallace takes on an incredible, exciting sports story--the first-ever national high-school football championship--and brings this fierce competition to life.

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Chapter One RUMORS On December 7, 1991 -- nine years and 299 days before the first high-school national championship game -- the Concord (California) De La Salle Spartans suffered what they still refer to as their own "day of infamy": they lost a football game. With two minutes and nineteen seconds to play, Percy McGee snatched an interception and returned it for a touchdown, giving the Pirates of Pittsburg High School a 35-27 lead and putting them in reach of an upset over the Spartans, who hadn''t lost for thirty-five games. The Pittsburg Pirates were the underdogs. Pittsburg is a gritty, blue-collar, racially mixed port town on the windswept outlet where the Sacramento Delta empties into Suisun Bay, a distant and distinctly unglamorous backwater of the San Francisco Bay. De La Salle -- private, suburban, Christian Brothers-founded -- was going for its fourth consecutive California North Coast Section championship and had future New York Giants star Amani Toomer among its standouts on the field. More than any single player, though, De La Salle had Robert Ladouceur, then thirty-seven years old and completing his twelfth year as Spartan head coach. Before taking the job, only the second coaching position he''d ever held, Ladouceur had been a juvenile probation officer at age twenty-five, moonlighting as a high school football assistant. As De La Salle''s coach, he became a legend. Not right away, of course; but soon enough his reputation as a perfectionist started to precede
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Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

One: Rumors

Two: Out Where the West Begins

Three: "What a Place for Children!"

Four: The Ambush

Five: The Clash

Six: God''s Team

Seven: Minor Miracles

Eight: Something in the Water

Nine: Calm Before the Storm

Ten: Sour Rhubarb

Eleven: Precious Blood

Twelve: Fall

Thirteen: Minority Rules

Fourteen: The Shortest Season

Fifteen: Prelude in G(ames) Minor

Sixteen: Seven Days

Seventeen: Twenty-four Hours

Eighteen: A Parade

Nineteen: Vets

Twenty: The Game Don''t Wait

Twenty-one: Go Tell the Spartans

Twenty-two: Still Time for a Hero

Twenty-three: Send in the Clones

Twenty-four: After the Fall

Twenty-five: Points After

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

From the Publisher

For more than a century, no Number 1 and Number 2 high schoolfootball team had ever met -- until October 6, 2001
One Great Game
This is the story of two teams -- Concord De La Salle, a private Catholic school in an upscale Northern California suburb, and Long Beach Poly, a proud public institution from a blue-collar SoCal seaport -- striving to achieve the same goal: the all-American dream.
In this supercharged account of the first-ever national high-school championship game, acclaimed sports journalist -- and former Poly varsity football player -- Don Wallace goes out onto the field and straight into the heart of each team. One Great Game offers a rare look at the world of young-adult sportsmanship, featuring up-close and personal interviews with the team players and their families, coaches and cheerleaders, rabid fans and sworn enemies. The result is a powerful piece of sports literature in the tradition of the classic Friday Night Lights. More than a book about football, One Great Game is an engaging cultural history about twenty-first-century American life.

Editorial Reviews

"A behind-the-scenes look at the players and coaches...as well as a play-by-play analysis of the big game itself."
-- The New York Times