Next 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.
CIF NORTH COAST SECTIONAL PLAYOFFS — ROUND 1
With the regular season over, it’s time for some playoff football action.
As I mentioned last week, the Spartans received a free pass into the second round on account of their top seeding and #16 seed Santa Rosa (2-8) choosing not to participate. Now that the first round of games have been completed, here’s what the bracket looks like:
1 – De La Salle
8 – Granada
4 – Deer Valley
5 – James Logan
2 – Pittsburg
10 – Freedom
3 – California
6 – San Ramon Valley
On paper, the game versus Granada (7-4) on Friday night behind the oleanders in Concord is a mismatch. According to MaxPreps, De La Salle’s national ranking is 14th, while Granada’s is 2,196th. But there is a game to be played, and the Matadors will do all they can to attempt to pull off an upset and advance to the NCS semifinals.
We’ll also find out if Coach Alumbaugh can build on the successful regular season.