Bishop Gorman will play ‘historic’ De La Salle on CBS College Sports

If any high school football program in the country could approach “legendary” status, it would be De La Salle, an all-boys Catholic school in Concord, Calif.
If holding the nation’s longest prep football winning streak at 151 straight games doesn’t qualify a school to at least approach “legendary” status, I don’t know what they have to do.
De La Salle won the 151 consecutive games from 1992 through the 2003 season. The Spartans went 12-0 or 13-0 every year for 12 straight seasons.
Talk about a dynasty.
In fact, the website “The Spartanhead,” dedicated to De La Salle, says “The Spartans are perhaps the greatest dynasty in sports history.”
What other team has won 151 straight games?
(I do concede that Long Beach Poly has sent a lot of players to the NFL.)
And guess who is coming to dinner at De La Salle on Saturday night?
Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas will challenge the Spartans on a game to be televised by CBS College Sports.
“The Spartanhead” reports that since Bob Ladouceur took over as head coach at De La Salle in 1979, the Spartans have the highest winning percentage in football history.
Take that USC. And Ohio State.
Want some national championships?
De La Salle has five of those, thank you.
The Spartans were selected national champions in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 by USA Today.
De La Salle has done pretty well lately, too. The Spartans are two-time California State champions.
De La Salle defeated Crenshaw of Los Angeles to win the 2009 California Interscholastic Federation championship. The Spartans won the 2008 CIF Division I State title.
Oh, and when De La Salle set the 151-game record winning streak, it didn’t just break the previous mark, the Spartans obliterated it. The old mark was 72 and De La Salle more than doubled it.
Take that Bill Belichick.
“The Streak” came to an end when the Spartans lost to Bellevue (Wash.) High School, 39-20, at Qwest Field in Seattle on Sept. 5, 2004, before a crowd of 24,987.
I can’t even imagine a crowd of 25,000 seeing a high school football game in Nevada.
It’s easy to write about De La Salle because the team knocks you out with impressive numbers. And the adjective impressive doesn’t do the Spartans justice.
De La Salle is ranked No. 9 in the nation in the latest USA Today rankings. Gorman is No. 18. Not bad, either.
USA Today has De La Salle (2-0) at No. 3 in the West and Gorman (3-1) at No. 4.
No. 2 in the West is Hamilton of Chandler, Ariz.
Hamilton beat Gorman, 24-17, in the Sullenberger Classic between the defending Arizona and Nevada large-school champions in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Aug. 21 in the Skydome at Northern Arizona University.
Bingham of South Jordan, Utah,  is No. 1 in the West and No. 3 in the country in the USA Today poll.
No offense to the fine neighbors in the “Beehive State,” but I am surprised a team from Utah is No. 3 in the nation. I always think of Florida, Texas and California as the best high school football in the country.
De La Salle opened the season by tromping Junipero Serra (Barry Bonds’ alma mater), 45-7, and then turning back St. Mary’s of Stockton, 40-14.
The Spartans are led by linebacker Blake Renaud, headed for Boise State, and defensive end Dylan Wynn, bound for Oregon State.
First, let me emphasize Ladouceur is a tremendous coach. No doubt about it. His record proves that. But he can out Lou Holtz even Lou Holtz.
“I don’t think there is any question (Gorman) has better athletes than we do,” he said.
Ladouceur added, “I don’t think we are going to just line up and mow them down. They’re big and hard to move. We’re going to have to run the ball and mix it up.”
Poor De La Salle.
Hey coach Ladouceur. Your team has won 201 straight games against Northern California competition. You’ve won five national championships. And you’re playing at home.
Gorman has won three straight since the close loss to Hamilton in Flagstaff.
The Gaels beat Del Oro of Loomis, Calif., 38-13, at Gorman. A good win. Del Oro won 11 games last season.
Coach Tony Sanchez’s Gaels also rolled over Clark, 48-0, and Sierra Vista, 63-0. Gorman seriously let up against both teams in the second half.
Sanchez coached in the same league as De La Salle before coming to Gorman.
I asked a Gorman assistant coach after last week’s game how much film they had on De La Salle.
“Years,” he said.
Sanchez has a classic example of blackboard material for this game. USA Today picked De La Salle to win 34-15.
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