December 20, 2008 |
Corona Centennial High's no-huddle, hurry-up offense took its sweet time in the final minute Friday night. The Huskies lingered in the backfield after plays. They milled about in the huddle prior to the snap. They savored every moment. Things then turned bizarre when Centennial quarterback Taylor Martinez sprinted into his own end zone to take a safety with 7.8 seconds remaining.
December 16, 2008 |
Seven years ago, only weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Long Beach Poly and Concord De La Salle played a football game that changed high school sports forever. De La Salle came in ranked No. 2 in the nation and owning a 116-game win streak. Poly was ranked No. 1 and boasted one of the most talent-laden teams in Southland history.
September 15, 2008
THE TIMES' HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RANKING, INCLUDING RECORDS,SECTIONS AND COMMENTS BY BEN BOLCH Rk ; SCHOOL; COMMENT (LAST WEEK) 1. L.B. POLY (1-0, SS-Pac-5) Jackrabbits last played so long ago (Aug. 30) that their most recent game is airing on ESPN Classic. (1) 2. COR. CENTENNIAL (1-0, SS-Inland) Huskies hope remedial defense course pays off in Mater Dei rematch after giving up 621 yards last year. (2) 3. MATER DEI (2-0, SS-Pac-5) Stat crew expected to tote extra pencil sharpeners for Centennial game after teams combined for 1,302 yards last season.
September 15, 2008 |
It's hard to imagine any high school sports team going 12 seasons without a defeat, let alone doing it in football. That was the record-breaking accomplishment of Concord De La Salle and Coach Bob Ladouceur from 1992 through 2003, resulting in a 151-game winning streak. On Saturday, De La Salle (1-0) comes to Southern California to play Los Angeles Loyola (2-0) in a 7 p.m. nonleague game at Glendale High, and the curiosity factor alone ought to bring out fans en masse. "I've talked to many kids who played there," Loyola Coach Jeff Kearin said.
December 12, 2007 |
As Concord De La Salle concluded its 37-0 victory over San Ramon California in the North Coast Section 4A championship game on Saturday, Spartans supporters no doubt were shouting, "We're No. 1." A better cry would have been, "We're coming back." De La Salle (12-0) is the only team of the six in last year's inaugural CIF state bowl championship games lineup to return for Round 2 this weekend.
December 10, 2007 |
With its highly charged offense led by the Arizona-bound backfield of quarterback Matt Scott and tailback Ryan Bass, Corona Centennial on Sunday was selected the South representative for Saturday's State Division I Bowl championship. Centennial (13-1) will play Concord De La Salle (12-0) in the state's marquee game at the Home Depot Center.
October 1, 2004 |
The biggest football game of the season has arrived. Only it's a week ahead of schedule and 400 miles closer to home. Mission Viejo will have the opportunity to prove it's the best high school team in California tonight, when the Diablos, ranked No. 1 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, meet second-ranked Long Beach Poly at Long Beach Cabrillo High in a nationally televised game at 7:30. Football fans thought the big game wouldn't come until Oct.
November 7, 2003 |
It's difficult to upgrade a nonleague schedule that includes programs that have won eight of the last 10 Southern Section Division I football championships. Leave it to Mission Viejo. The Diablos announced Thursday they have agreed to two-year contracts to play Concord De La Salle, owner of a national-record 146-game winning streak, and defending Southern Section Division I champion Los Alamitos beginning next season.
October 12, 2002 |
Beating Concord De La Salle High the last 10 years has been sort of like protecting the ozone layer--everyone has their own ideas how to do it, but no one has been able to deliver. Bruce Rollinson thought his Santa Ana Mater Dei team had found a way to end De La Salle's national-record winning streak two years ago. But the Monarchs fell short in the final minute when their kicker pulled a short field goal wide, and the Spartans won, 31-28.
October 5, 2001 |
Bob Ladouceur, football coach at Concord De La Salle High, was in his customary spot directly in front of the big-screen television, reviewing tape of his team's most recent victory, when he saw one of his linebackers make a sloppy tackle. Suddenly, the coach barked to the players gathered around him: "You're going to have to tackle better than this! Because I'll tell you what, that guy from Long Beach Poly--you'll be grabbing thin air!"