Brent Lawson's debut as the starting quarterback for Corona del Mar High wasn't last week. His first shot came last year, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.
Lawson said he wasn't as nervous last week in the Sea Kings' season opener as he felt when he got the call for last year's playoff opener.
On a Monday, three days after the team wrapped up its first outright league title in 22 years, the coach called Lawson into his office. Jason Hitchens had already talked to the starter, Mitch Gardner, one of Lawson's best friends, who helped CdM go unbeaten in league.
Hitchens then gave Lawson, the backup, the shocking news.
"He pulled me in and told me that I'm going to start the game," said Lawson, who was as surprised as he was excited about the opportunity. "I had to lead the team. It was a big change."