De La Salle High School Football Wins Its Fourth-Consecutive State Championship!

December 15, 2012 23:38 pm · 73 comments


De La Salle has done it again!

The unbeatable high school football team captured its fourth-consecutive CIF Open Division Bowl Game title with a 48-28 win over Centennial High School, which is located in Corona, CA.

Congratulations to the champions!

Gjets December 16, 2012 at 12:45 AM

ya because they recruit kids from other areas and let them attend school for free to play football, college park pride baby, class of 1985 keepin it real
Kathi C . Meadowvale ( liv’in large baby)

Gjets December 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM

K.C. nice lab

Here December 16, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Hmmmm let’s see… I went there and they give 65 kids free tuition because they canot afford it. Now let’s see here…. if my son was good at football and lived in Clayton, and I couldn’t afford private school, I’d get financial aid from DLS.. They don’t give it away however. You work before school setting up chairs and in the library. Also, if you had the choice, where would you rather go? Clayton Valley or De La Salle? It’s like picking between a loser school and a school that gets kids recruited.


Pegasus December 16, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Annnnnd ………………… here come the jealous crazies …………………..

Pat December 16, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Don’t matter where anyone came from. Great job kids=)

Chupacabra December 16, 2012 at 5:09 AM

Anywhere else in the country they’d have a parade, in Claycord people criticize. These are school kids, this week of all weeks, let these kids have their moment.

Congratulations DLS.

Cowellian December 16, 2012 at 5:55 AM


JustMe December 16, 2012 at 6:25 AM

Congratulations De La Salle!

I heard yesterday that coach Ladouceur is thinking about retirement.

A major reason why DLS is so successful at football is because of him. I went there, and I’ve seen the regiment. They start practicing before the school year even starts. It’s a serious effort, and commitment by anyone who undertakes the team.

DLS DAD December 16, 2012 at 6:31 AM

I need to set a few things straight. First of all, many people have an inaccurate impression about the financial aid at DLS. I know a few kids that attend for free or for a greatly reduced rate. Guess what…they don’t play football. They actually don’t play any sport at all. They are kids from dedicated (meaning attend church every week) Catholic families that have fallen on difficult times due to job loss or divorce. I personally know almost all of the varsity players and very few are on aid of any sort. DLS’s success is often attributed to their offensive line; how fast they get off the ball and how precise they are with their blocks. I know all the starting linemen this year and none are on $$$ aid.

Next, how can a coach or school recruit a student to play football based upon his skill as an 8th grader. That thought is just foolish. The current starting quarterback was 3d string as a freshman. He never touched the field in games until the 5th quarter practice scrimmage. He was chubby and slow and there is no way in hell he was “recruited.” Another kid that was a two-way starter and all around stud on that same freshman team did not even touch the field last night. Obviously, one has worked harder than the other the last two years.

The reason DLS is so good every year is hard work. The 6:00 am weight-room workouts for next season start in two weeks and are 5 days a week for 50 weeks per year. They spend every lunch (the entire school year) watching film instead of hanging out with classmates. After school during the off season, while other students are playing videogames, DLS football players are dragging big-rig tires around the field and running gassers.

Lastly, Contra Costa county has over a million residents. San Francisco has around 750K, and a much smaller student-age population. However, SF has at least 4 or 5 Catholic high schools. If you live in Orinda, San Ramon, Concord, Antioch, Discovery Bay, Martinez, etc. and you want your child to attend a Catholic high school, DLS is the option. Every year, DLS receives over 500 applications for 250 freshman slots. There are approx. 1000 boys there and only about 45 play varsity football. Walk around campus and you will see boys of every race and body shape, and if you get to know them, you will find almost all of them excel at something, be it sports, music, acting, or academic competitions such as the robotics team. How about we be proud of our local Catholic school instead of tearing them down with rumors and sometimes outright lies.

anonymous December 16, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Nice job gentlemen!! Your work paid off!

soconcordresident December 16, 2012 at 7:17 AM

and…here come the haters. Congrats to DLS and Ladouceur. If he decides to retire, that will certainly be going out on top! Great work.

John94521 December 16, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Is there a chance that there is a replay of the game on TV. I was attending a Christmas dinner party and missed the game. . . . Anyone Know???
Hard work, Hard play, congrats De La Salle. . .

CJ December 16, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Congratulations DLS!


Class of 85? That makes you about 45 years old. Time to drop “livin large” and “keepin it real” from your vocabulary. College Park must be so proud.

Paid December 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM

It warms your heart to know you can still buy a great High School Football team.

ConcordBadger December 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

@Paid. Prove it. I guess it is okay if kids transfer from public school to public school for sports reason which happens all the time.

Rob December 16, 2012 at 8:24 AM

While it was of course hard work by the players – let’s also be honest – if you get to go out and seek out the players you want from a large area rather than having the players you get based on who lives in the schools attendance area – is it shocking that you end up with a better team than average?

Roberto December 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

To #1 Gjets. Is that the same College Park High that, on the night DLS broke the world record win streak and in front of all manner of national sports media; did in fact run an 82 yard play to the wrong goal line? Just askin. 🙂

Safety Second December 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Shame-on City of Concord for not truly recognizing the contributions of De La Salle. Besides having America’s all time greatest prep football program, it is a remarkably humble and benevolent institution. Even the physical pride of the campus is commendable given their tuition is on par with MDUSD high schools per-student budget. But like any private school, DLS Is able to excel because of no competition and most importantly, no radical left-wing California teachers Union.

City Girl December 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The tuition is NEVER free even with FA. Its’ paid for by the rest of the students’ parents.

Concord ca December 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM

De La Salle… Powerhouse.. Congrads to seniors. 4 titles for you!! Thank you for representing Northern California, City of Concord and all of west coast! The best and still number 1!

I’m just a fan for the pass 30 years.

idiot hater December 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Congratulations De La Salle. It shows what hard work & dedication can do. I watched the game on TV last night. It was much closer than the score showed. Not to take away from the Spartans win, if it just weren’t for a couple of miscues by Centennial who knows what might have happened. Let’s face it , the Spartans are a very good football team, with a great coach. Job well done. Oh by the way…. my son plays varsity football for Clayton Valley Charter… so not all CV parents are haters.

Judge Roy Bean December 16, 2012 at 10:33 AM

GREAT JOB TO ALL OF THE PLAYERS, COACHES, AND SUPPORT STAFF. WELL DONE. You have have represented Concord and NorCal to the highest degree both on and off the field..

@CVC…can also take great pride in this past season…keep marching forward.

Judge Roy Bean December 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

PS…To all of the haters…..get a F’N CLUE or forever hold your peace..

Keepnitreel December 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I would like to congratulate DLS. Working with these kids for years now I am amazed at the passion and loyality they have to their school, sport, and team. This is why they win, this is what DLS does and always has done. . Yes, they are a private school, and I truly wish they would play more national powerhouse teams during the season so they can be challenged, but show some respect, no one handed them these wins, they earned them, every practice, workout, and even lunchtimes learning from past games. State champions and their local… gotta love that! As a local CP grad, I also would congratulate the efforts of coach Kris Richardson (college park class of ’87) for a great year in Folsom despite the regional loss to DLS, and coach Tim Murphy (college park ’88) for his terrific year at Clayton Valley and the battle for state. Lets encourage great efforts by not knocking these kids down….they earned it.

anonmtz December 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

DLS Dad at #9.

Well said. Thank you for taking the time to articulate the situation.

Congratulations to the Spartans.

Yeah December 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I’m glad to know De La Salle can get the job done, unlike Clayton Valley’s immature team.

@ConcordBadger December 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

If you transfer from a public school to a public school you are ineligible to play sports for one year.

Jerk December 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Whatever! This whole Sports things is BIG BUSINESS. Not that they care about the Athlete, but rather the revenue that Athlete will bring to them regardless of health / life etc.
Colleges or Universities SUPPOSEDLY cannot pay or bribe High School players to coming to their school HOWEVER, they are not stopped from Grooming them with a New loaner car (all fees paid, including insurance) and other Free perks.
I know of this happening to someone personally, so chime in if you think you’re going to debunk me.

Spartan December 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Only a spartan will know this. Thank almighty god I’m a spartan!!!!! Hooaa

Teacher Wannabe December 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

@Pegasus,, not jealous. Just stating facts. When you can BUY the best players around you are bound to win. Go YV Warriors!

LOL YV December 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I was mad I had to pay to go see a YV game, that’s how bad their team is.

T. Kaczynski December 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM

It proves money can buy wins… just like the last two presidential elections.

I’m still waiting for the $800 billion stimulus boondoggle to come up with the jobs that were promised. Reid, Pelosi, Obama, and Bernanke might as well have thrown the money out of a helicopter.

Gina December 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Someone I know dated a coach there. The Recruiting is what they do, she’s a witness.. They should not be playing against Schools that don’t. So unfair
and wrong.

anon December 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Some of the biggest punks go they are rich & famous & all

yv_soccer14 December 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

De la salle wont play us in soccer tho!

The Truth December 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Love watching DLS play. The efficiency of that offense is amazing to watch. Nobody can take away what a great football team that is….they are as well Coached as any high school team in the country and the discipline shows.

Couple of things…when player transfer, they only have to sit out for games and this goes for any sport.

In regards to recruiting, some of that does occur….mainly by boosters and “friends of the program.” More importantly, the best football players in the area want to go to DLS to be a part of a phenomenal program which allows the Spartans to cherry pick the best kids.

@ Gina December 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM


Rollo Tomasi December 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

@ Jerk:

You seem very bothered by the activities you describe. Why don’t you alert the NCAA to the situation involving the “someone”you know?

I wasn’t able to watch the game last night. Did the officials have the wherewithal to call the penalty when DLS failed to come set for a full second before the snap? Or did Ladoucer and his staff bully another set of officials into swallowing their whistles?

Slugga December 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Yawn. Good for the DLS community. They have a great coach and a great program. There are a ton of other great kids working hard at a bunch of other schools. The story of DLS got old about seventeen years ago.

DLS (dirty little secrets) December 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

They also only hire friends and family to be asst coaches, etc in baskeball, not sure about Football. It’s a coven I tell you.
They also Scout all teams often to see their tactics and try to get their best players to come to the darkside!.

Hoboken December 16, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Just a note to a few:
Buying a team doesn’t mean wins – case in point the LA Dodgers
The folks talking about practicing all year – look at the CIF rules. The rules are followed by DLS and the teams in the state.
I applaud the person who talked of 8th graders not really being re-cruitable. The reason the team wins is because they are well coached. Clayton Valley & Concord High have had some great teams over the years due to coaching and player dedication just like DLS.
A final note – from personal experience – other parents do not pay the tuition of students. A fund was started years ago to help students who want to go to DLS. The money comes from fundraising and donations. The school has a very active alumni.

Congrats December 16, 2012 at 5:14 PM

@ Rob # 16 – Sure there might be something to your comment; but then that would apply to every single Catholic High School in California. Bottom line is the team is where they are today because of great coaching, and their dedicated daily routine. Read DLS Dad #9’s post.

Cowellian December 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

DLS (dirty little secrets)@40,
So, they’re talented, smart and they win.
Stop being such a bad sport, it makes you sound like a crybaby.

ConcordBadger December 16, 2012 at 5:36 PM

@The Truth. The boosters?? What a joke. If a public school dad says to Johnny Little Leagues dad you should go to this school instead of DeLaSalle. I guess that is recruiting. “friends of the program”..what the hell is that mean and give me one name.

ConcordBadger December 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM

@Gina…maybe it is time programs look at themselves and stop pointing fingers and figure out what they can do for their own programs.

Darwin December 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Congrats DLS on another state title!! Impressive!!! Awsome!!!
CPHS Alumni

Vincent Corleone December 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Come to find out the holy program is human after all! Word is all this talk about retirement becoming more serious has to do with the fact that Lad was caught cheating on his wife with a teacher at DLS and now has a pending divorce over his head. Unfortunate to say the least! I wonder if someone at the CC Times will actually do some some real reporting and investigate this. I am not just making this up either. It comes from a verify reliable source.

Futbol December 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

If Ladouceur leaves I wonder if Tim Murphy will leave CVCHS to follow the money and the prestige of winning.

CoCoOld December 16, 2012 at 9:46 PM



LOL Tim Murphy December 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM

He’d never be allowed to step foot anywhere near DLS.

GG December 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Private schools should not be in Public School Leagues. Period.

guy who knows December 17, 2012 at 7:27 AM

If its this year or next year that Lad steps down, Justin Alanbaugh will be the new head coach. He’s been the head coach in waiting for a while. We all know that. If Lad did come back he would win his 400th game and chase a record 5th straight state championship. That being said, Lad doesn’t do this for wins or records, so I don’t believe that will play much of a role in his decision.

SoreLosers December 17, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Do you know what the best way to recruit is……………………..WINNING!!!!

Winning attracts kids from every where. A winning program recruits itself.

Travis Bickle December 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM


Do you mean Justin Alumbaugh? But you’re a guy who knows.

Jim December 17, 2012 at 9:49 AM

@ Gjets and Gina…you both should be ashamed of yourselves…especially after Friday…congrats to a great team…but to your points there is no recruiting…My brother was a student and our family laughs at you guys…because you didn’t win a championship or want some reason to hate the Catholics…you simply will not accept that they are a great school…The school reputation is what brings in the top players…they know that if they want to go to a great college that they have the best chance of being seen going there and so they come…there are no free rides…as to Gina…why is it someone always has a “friend’ that’s a witness???….no one ever says I was recruited and can tell you they gave me this and that…. why? …because they don’t recruit…better to get the facts from the school than to listen to a “friend’ …because unless you’ve been there your just spread the myths

Cowellian December 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

GG seems to be making the point that public schools are inferior. And we wouldn’t want them to have to face any real competition, at least, not until they graduate.

Spartan Mom December 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Seriously… “yawn” over the recruitment issue which has been a topic of debate for years and years. De la Salle is a PRIVATE school – they dictate their own policies. DLS students are champions on so many levels, but first and foremost, on education and faith. And THAT is what sets them apart from the rest.
Cheers to the Spartans! Your faith, commitment and dedication to the sport and the community is untouchable. Go Green!!!!

Mac December 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

By far the best High School Football Coach of all time.
Anyone who disagrees is just jealous.

No, it`s not a even playing field with other public schools.

But this man deserves to be able to pick his time to leave.
He has proven he knows what is best.

So i take my hat off to DLS Football.
And give them all the credit, for being a great football program.

Way to go, Guys…..

So what. . . . December 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I know the game of football . . .If I could Cherry pick the best players from every school district within Calif, dont charge them to get into the school, provide housing, give them special grade considerations, with no restrictions . . . I could create an all star team also . . .

Guarantee my team would be undefeated also


Hoboken December 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

#60 I suggest you educate yourself because you surely missed out in the classroom. Do research and see if you can prove any of what you’ve written. I suspect you don’t have to work because you, “know football” so we’ll that you make big bucks during the NFL season. I suggest in your spare time investigate your allegations. You will make a name for yourself as a big time whistle blower. You can start by reading the CIF rules and see which ones have been broken.

ConcordBadger December 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

@So What……prove it. Give me a name. You know nothing. Are you saying the coaches go to Pop Warner games and check out players? You must be high.

j December 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Well said, DLS dad. Thank you.

Congrats Spartans for your win and all of your hard work.

Doberman December 17, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Stop all of the goofy recruiting and money nonsense, as neither are the real issue in this discussion. The real issue is “should private schools be playing public schools” ? The private schools are on the winning side of this unlevel playing field, so of course they would want the current system to continue. What would happen if the tables were turned overnight, and public schools were all of a sudden allowed to use players who lived outside of their city limits, were given resources to attract top coaches and build great facilities, and could afford to start their football programs In January ? Private schools would now be forced to use players that only lived within their city limits, could not afford to start practicing until June, and had to play the new and improved public schools who suddenly were playing by private school rules. Would private schools object to this new format ? If this current system is so “fair” to public schools, there should be no private schools complaining if the tables are turned via a new CIF edict . Same great education for the private schools, only their sports programs must now play by the rules and formats that public schools must currently follow, while the publics get to utilize everything that the privates are currently enjoying. How about it ? Fair is fair, right ?

YVGrad December 18, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Hard work pays off, huge accomplishment for the Spartans! Way to rep for the west coast, specifically Cali, NorCal, Bay Area, and the city of Concord!

Clayton Mom December 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Congradualations to DLS! Those boys work so hard to become amazing football players and deserve credit for all the hard work they put in. I was at the game, and it was fantastic! GO DLS!

GD98 December 18, 2012 at 8:10 PM

So many bitter accusatory folks at Claycord. Instead of ripping DLS(and now the Ugly Eagles) maybe just be thankful that this area has a large number of coaches teaching their players what happens when you you work hard.

BTW listening to these recruiting stories has been great. The jealousy never gets old.

Doberman December 19, 2012 at 8:42 PM

You forgot to mention one other element. Yeah, DLS players work very hard, and I have not seen anyone dispute that fact. However, when DLS plays inferior public high school programs, it is kind of difficult to understand why DLS would take great pride in winning against such a program. There are only a few public school programs in the nation that would even stand a chance against a healthy DLS team, and that is what you call “shooting fish in a barrel” year after year.

Haters Blow December 19, 2012 at 9:35 PM

@ Doberman #68 –
Yeah you’re right, those DLS jerks are the problem. It’s their fault the other teams are inferior. Lets not go to their games.

Doberman December 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

@Haters Blow ? Great name bro, way to keep it classy. Nobody said that DLS were jerks, those are your immature words only. Nobody said that DLS was the cause of other teams being inferior, once again, those are your words only. I have nothing but respect for DLS academics, and the work ethic that goes into how their sports teams train. I do not agree with those who try to say that DLS recruits, as the program attracts players without having to lift a finger. The issue always goes back to one thing, and that is private schools playing public schools, and the obvious advantages that private schools have against their public counterparts. There is a growing consensus that private schools should only be playing each other during all league and playoff games.

GD98 December 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Doberman- DLS’ last few losses have been to-
STA- Private
DBP- Private
Lakeland- Public
Corona Centennial- Public
Canyon Country- Public
Mission Viejo- Public
zClovis West- Public

I think we take more pride in getting young men ready to be responsible adults than we do in beating San Ramon or Monte Vista.

Doberman December 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Thanks GD98, good to see a mature adult in the room. Good info, but those public programs are a huge minority when you are talking about all of the public schools in the state. If I printed a list of every DLS victory against a public school during the last 15 years vs. every DLS loss to a public school, the contrast would be very evident. I respect the fact that you get young men ready for the world ahead, as that should be the main goal. It would be interesting to see any DLS supporter list what they feel are private school sports program advantages over public schools. Thanks for the mature discussion, and happy holidays to all who support private and public school programs.

GD98 December 21, 2012 at 3:25 AM

Well, seeing as how DLS hasn’t lost to a school in Northern California since ’91 I would venture to say that list would be heavily weighted to your side of the discussion.

The obvious advantage is being able to draw from basically whatever area parents are willing to travel from to bring their kids to your school. The allure of a winning program, that has televised games, and plays for state titles would be quite the draw. Beyond that (and this is anectodal) I believe that most private school athletic teams have more freedom than their public counterparts. There seems to be less stringent rules regarding conditioning, and generally less interference from the administration.

Happy holidays to you as well. Good to see another supporter of local sports around.

CHSAlumni December 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

DLS has more athletic teams then football alone. So the public school alums say it’s alright for schools to play against us as long as they don’t win? My son is a very good foot ball player at Liberty H.S. in Brentwood and even though they train through-out the school year, they are not required to train, it’s a choice during the off season. DLS is required to train through-out the entire school year and during the summer in football camp. They must play for the team and not for themselves. They don’t “show-boat” and are in no way allowed to be “cocky” on field or off. They play, they score, they get the job done! And always have. Congratulations Spartans!!!!!!

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