The De La Salle Spartans won’t be winning the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 national title this year, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a hand in deciding who does, a fact which became all but official following the fourth quarter of the team’s 35-0 victory against Foothill in the North Coast Section Division I title game.
The win marked the 24th consecutive NCS title for the Spartans, who entered the season as the No. 1 team in the USA TODAY Super 25 before falling in the season opener to Texas power Euless Trinity. Since that initial setback the California power has been on cruise control, winning 12-straight contests, including a 70-14 NCS semifinal win over Pittsburg. The Foothill shutout is De La Salle’s second of the postseason and fifth of the season, meaning that the Spartans defense has proved impenetrable in nearly half of its games.
Foothill actually hung tough with De La Salle throughout the first half, with the Spartans scoring two touchdowns relatively early in the first quarter before Foothill’s defense stiffened. The Spartans added a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter and an 8-yard touchdown run by Andrew Hernandez.
Now De La Salle will prep for one final California face off that should define the state of football in California in 2015, not to mention whether a program from the Golden State should be a serious contender to capture a national title, even if we know it’s highly unlikely De La Salle will be that California team.