A couple of days before Corona del Mar High's biggest football game in 22 years, I asked Coach Scott Meyer what he expected.
"I expect it to be a battle down to the wire," Meyer said of the Sea Kings' CIF Southern Section Southern Division title game against Beckman.
"Whoever has the ball last will probably win."
Meyer was right on all accounts. The title game Friday featured a dramatic finish at Orange Coast College.
Here was the situation: With seven seconds left to play, Beckman scored a touchdown and trailed CdM, 14-13, pending the extra-point try.
The Patriots decided to go for the win.
The second-seeded Sea Kings made the stop they needed, stuffing an attempted two-point conversion run by top-seeded Beckman to secure a 14-13 victory and CdM's first section crown since 1989.
The Sea Kings (12-2) won their third section championship in the school's history. The wins match the program's best single-season total. The 1988 team was 12-0-2.