One Great Game (Paperback)
Two Teams, Two Dreams, in the First Ever National Championship High School Football Game
Atria Books, 9780743446228, 314pp.
Publication Date: September 13, 2005
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.
Praise For One Great Game: Two Teams, Two Dreams, in the First Ever National Championship High School Football Game…
"[E]njoyable....Wallace gives an evenhanded account while conveying the excitement the game created."
-- Sports Illustrated
"Wallace deserves credit for a historic record of a game that won't soon be forgotten."
-- The Los Angeles Times
"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