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!"
September 26, 2000
Matt Leinart Mater Dei, Football Leinart completed 27 of 43 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns to lead Mater Dei to a near-upset of Concord De La Salle, the nation's top-ranked team and owner of a national-record 103-game winning streak. Leinart threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and converted two fourth downs on the Monarchs' final drive as they attempted to tie or win the game. However, a 34-yard field goal try in the final minute was wide.
September 24, 2000 |
Let's dispense with the small talk and call it what it was: One of the greatest high school football games in recent memory. Mater Dei, its hope for an upset over Concord De La Salle seemingly stifled time after time Saturday night, refused to surrender to the nation's top-ranked team. Nothing the Spartans, who extended their national-record winning streak to 103 games, threw the Monarchs' way could stop them. Not a here-we-go-again first quarter in which De La Salle went ahead by 21 points.
September 23, 2000 |
7:30 TONIGHT EDISON FIELD Mater Dei Coach Bruce Rollinson has labeled tonight's game a "free shot" for his Monarchs to upset De La Salle and end its national-record winning streak of 102 games. He's right, of course. But so is throwing a football through a hoop 75 yards away in one of those halftime contests. It's free, but it's also unlikely. For Mater Dei to have a chance, running back Darius Williams must open up the ground attack so the Spartan defense can't key on quarterback Matt Leinart.
September 21, 2000 |
The series that supposedly matches the best high school football programs from Northern and Southern California is three years old now, but it's still a rivalry in the making. What was expected to become a marquee matchup hasn't been worthy of top billing. Mater Dei, as proud as its tradition may be, has become just another two digits in Concord De La Salle's national-record 102-game winning streak.
September 21, 2000 |
The series that supposedly matches the best high school football teams from Northern and Southern California is three years old now, but it could barely be called a rivalry. What was expected to become a marquee matchup hasn't been worthy of top billing. Santa Ana Mater Dei, its winning tradition notwithstanding, has become just two more digits in Concord De La Salle's national-record 102-game winning streak.
September 19, 2000
7 p.m., Saturday, Edison Field Mater Dei will take its third crack in three years at breaking Concord De La Salle's winning streak. When the teams met two years ago, the streak had reached 78. Last year, it was 90. Now, it's a national-record 102. "I don't know if this is the year we're going to beat them," Monarch Coach Bruce Rollinson said, "but I'll tell you what--this is the year we're going to give it a pretty good shot." It won't be easy.