When the Game Stands Tall

November 29, 2013
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De La Salle HS FootballNext September, moviegoers around the country will be able to relive the story of a high school football team that accomplished what may never be accomplished again.  The De La Salle Spartans, out of Concord, CA, won 151 straight football games over a ten-year period, taking on some of the best teams in the country during that time. Their coach, Bob Ladocueur, stressed a game where the element of team was the main focus—and it worked in powerful ways.Although filming for the When the Game Stands Tall has wrapped up (see my on-set review here), that doesn’t mean the school has stopped playing football in real life.  Coach Lad has taken on the role of assistant coach, passing on the reins to Justin Alumbaugh, who takes his career 0-0-0 record into battle this year. Each week, we’ll take a look at how the real De La Salle does with their new coach.


When playoff time rolls around, the intensity of each game increases significantly from the previous tilt.  This is to be expected, knowing that one bad game it all it takes for a team to see their season ended instantaneously.  In the case of the De La Salle Spartans, their first playoff game was held last Friday due to a bye they received as a result of their undefeated regular reason record.

The Granada Matadors (7-4) entered the contest giving up an average of 17.7 points per game.  Any rust De La Salle had accumulated as a result of their layoff was quickly dispatched, as they put up 19 points in the first quarter and 46 in the first half.  John Velasco and Antoine Custer each scored two touchdowns to lead the team to a semifinal berth in the CIF North Coast Sectional.

After two rounds, the bracket looks like this:

(Seeding) (Team)

1 – De La Salle
4 – Deer Valley

2 – Pittsburg
3 – California

Deer Valley defeated James Logan 67-44 to advance to face the Spartans. Their record on the season stands at 11-1 (the lone loss came to #2 Pittsburg) and they have scored no less than 28 points against any opponent all season.  If the Spartan defense can play as well as they’ve shown this year, this game might be over by halftime.  Otherwise, there may be a track meet at Owen Owens Field in Concord.

We’ll let you know how Coach Alumbaugh’s Spartans do against the Wolverines next week.

Final score: De La Salle 46, Granada 0 (win #37 in a row)

[NOTE: this is currently the 11th longest HS winning streak of all time]
Current Record: 11-0-0
Next game: Friday 11/29 vs. Deer Valley (11-1), CIF NCS Semifinals

(credit to MaxPreps for game info)

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