October 9, 2004 |
De La Salle High, widely considered the No. 1 football team in the nation five of the last six years and previous owner of an unprecedented 151-game winning streak, enters its fifth game of this season as a huge underdog. With consecutive losses and a tie to open the season, De La Salle is, by its standards, little more than a footnote in the national rankings. The Spartans (1-2-1) command respect based on tradition, but the No.
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September 11, 2004 |
Over at Winchell's Donut House, four senior citizens sat in a corner booth shaking their heads. The amazing football victory streak at nearby De La Salle High School had finally ended, and the men -- all ardent fans -- were in stunned disbelief. "Until my legs gave out and I couldn't climb the stairs, I went to every game," said Jake Koljian, 69. "I never saw them lose." Over 12 seasons against 151 consecutive opponents, the De La Salle Spartans did not lose a single game.
October 13, 2002 |
It's foolish to think Concord De La Salle High is going to lose a football game anytime soon. Those who thought Long Beach Poly's speed, size and tradition might threaten the Spartans' winning streak were living a dream. De La Salle has won 130 consecutive games over 11 seasons because its coach, Bob Ladouceur, is a high school version of John Wooden. The Spartans demolished Poly, 28-7, Saturday at California's Memorial Stadium with their usual display of fundamentals and unselfishness.
October 13, 2002 |
Before its players can dance off the field, before its coach can legitimately call it the greatest victory in school history, Concord De La Salle High is going to have to find some stiffer competition. The Spartans handled Long Beach Poly for a second consecutive season with their 28-7 victory Saturday afternoon before an estimated 14,000 at California's Memorial Stadium. The victory over what is purported to be their greatest challenger touched off an unnecessarily wild celebration.
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.
January 11, 2001 |
Long Beach Poly, the two-time defending Division I football champion, will host Concord De La Salle on Oct. 6 at a site to be determined, Poly Athletic Director Joe Carlson said Wednesday. De La Salle has won a national-record 113 consecutive games. The Spartans also play Mater Dei at home next season before traveling to play Poly. "There are still a lot of details to be worked out," Carlson said. "But I think both schools thought it would be obvious that it would be an exciting contest."