VIDEO: Official Trailer for Movie Inspired by De La Salle Football’s Historic 151 Game Winning Streak

April 12, 2014 16:23 pm · 51 comments

The official trailer has been released for “When the Game Stands Tall”, which is the soon-to-be released movie about the De La Salle High School football team, and their historic 151 game winning streak.

The movie “centers around the true story of the De La Salle Spartans of Concord, home to perhaps the greatest dynasty in sports history. This inspirational story revolves around the high school team and its young coach Bob Ladouceur, who turned the perennial loser into a legend by launching a streak of 151 straight victories”, according to the films Director Thomas Carter II, who also directed the movie “Coach Carter”.

Others staring in the movie include Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig. It was filmed last year in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The movie will be released in theaters on August 22, 2014.

halo2 April 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

i know its a true story, but does anyone else hate it when trailers reveal EVERYTHING?

GO YV!! April 12, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Go to :42

Roberta Cameron April 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

What a shame they did not film it in Concord.

Dorothy April 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

True story based on a true story? Hope it does well.

waverunner April 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

How about mentioning the main actor, Jim Caviezel from Person of Interest?

That's not YV April 12, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Same uniforms, but that’s Bellevue HS, the ones that ended the streak.

Anon April 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

To those who do not know: they get the best players from all over the area. The students are very special–just ask any of them. I laugh at the ones whose parents paid all the money & then their wonder boys went to DVC for years taking basket weaving & looking for girls who are real easy.

Fred April 12, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Who got shot & died?

& YES–it was all about winning

Michelle April 12, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I know what you mean halo2, and those are called spoilers.

Spartan Alumni April 12, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I’m proud that I was one of the football players during the ‘streak’, and am grateful that I am able to be a part of such a great community like DLS.
This looks like a great film. Everyone who lives in the area whether attending or not, should be proud of DLS for this.


Tod Gomes April 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

VERY cool! Can’t wait to see it!

The Best Damn Team..... April 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Money Can Buy…..!

a bit concerned April 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM
GD98 April 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM


Jealousy looks good on you. Keep on Anoning.

@8 Fred-

Terrance Kelly was a highly recruited linebacker from the class of ’04 (last year of the streak). He was murdered in Richmond the day before he was set to leave for University of Oregon. Very sad story.

The Realist April 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Would have made a great subplot. right? I mean scandals and homosexuals are the “in” thing.
Ohhh right, shhhh… we are supposed to sweep that under the carpet. Yet, still going on around the country, world.

J. April 12, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Jim Caviezel is also known for The Passion of the Christ:

phmom April 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Interesting thread. I was heartbroken over Kelly. I don’t think people are jealous. They are annoyed and hip to the facts. They recognize that DLS has an edge in recruiting players and the playing field is not level. Who cares if they won a lot against lesser opponents. I don’t. Blowouts are boring. Was it coaching or was it the ability to stach the team? I have no idea. They are also hip to the fact that DLS has a stained reputation. And it does…. l

Jealous much? April 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Lots of DLS haters out tonight! Petty little people.

Almondgirl April 12, 2014 at 10:24 PM

We all get on here and complain about those who have to much or those who have to little. We complain about our public and private schools. We complain about what city does or does not do. We complain about our neighbors. We complain about everything that the name Concord attached to it. I guess I just want to complain that I am sick of reading all the complaints.

Connie Dobbs April 12, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Gosh, I wonder why they didn’t film it in California, not.

Scout April 12, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Such a waste of time

mika April 12, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Didn’t DLS play College Park when they broke their record?

YV Alum / Concord Resident April 13, 2014 at 2:54 AM

The culture of the athletic program at De La Salle is tremendous. The amount of discipline, courage, and strength it takes for those young men to succeed in their program is unbelievable. Yet they manage to do so year after year. Much respect to those student athletes and coaches. I take pride in living and growing up in the same city. Looking forward to the film!

eyewhen April 13, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Right on Almondgirl!!

GetTheFactsStraight April 13, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Recruiting? Seriously. How can someone know which kid is going to be a football star when they are in 8th grade. My son went to DLS, although he was not a football player. The starting QB and one of the starting WRs from last season never even touched the field on the freshmen team. Another starter from the Fall/2013 team had never played football before 9th grade. How can anyone say these kids were “recruited.”

They do have players from all over the east bay, which I agree is an advantage, but the same concept applies to every other Catholic or Private High School in the United States. So how come DLS is so special when it comes to football? It is not just the coaches, but the coaching approach. These men are incredibly dedicated and probably work for $3.00 an hour by the time you consider their teaching salary and all the extra time they put in. I simply want to say thank you and congratulations.

Cowellian April 13, 2014 at 8:06 AM

There sure seems to be a lot of sour grapes from some of the people who weren’t part of the winning streak.

Walnut Creek Resident April 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

This is absolutely great news. You all with the negative comments: You are getting to be very very boring and also just plain rude. Yes complaining is a habit at Claycord!! We should give Claycord a new name! Complaincord!!!

Ha Ha… funny no…. sad.

Casey April 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I love Louisiana, but don’t understand why it wasn’t filmed here in Concord.

CA Cajun April 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Louisiana gives very very generous tax breaks to film companies. Lots of medium-budget films like this one are filmed there.

Ven Xeter April 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

@ The Realist, thank you for posting the link. The abuse heaped on these innocent young men with the tacit approval of this school’s leaders is unimaginable. This is the greatest fear of every young man and there is no greater shame than to be abused in this manner. Until each and every one of these monsters is turned over to the authorities for criminal prosecution, I will always regard this church as a criminal enterprise set up to encourage and perpetuate child sexual abuse.

Spectacular April 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

This is awesome. Great accomplishment for the area. Great story. For those who for some reason who don’t like this, step up and create your own fantastic story, and I’ll go watch your movie too.

anon April 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

How many movie screens for first day?

Here's a thought April 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Yes, # 25, the “coaching (and mentoring) approach” is something to be proud of, however, the DLS football team would never have had such a streak IF their record didn’t include wins against MANY PUBLIC SCHOOLS who WERE NOT ALLOWED that same “advantage” you (though not many others) acknowledge. I give the school and athletic program credit for the respectful job they (and the parents) do leading young adult students. Still, I will never acknowledge their streak which was obtained by the unfair advantage time and time and time and time and time again. That in itself was a key contributor to their “success” and the movie.

@ Cowellian April 13, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Do you disagree with all the sour grapes that the streak itself was the culmination of great coaching/mentoring AND an unfair advantage? A one word answer would suffice. Yes or no.

Most overrated thing in Claycord... April 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

I can’t wait for this movie to come out and flop around for 6 weeks in theaters, then hit the bargain DVD bins, just so everyone can finally STFU about this.

Cowellian April 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

The question is pretty convoluted, so I’ll just stick with disagreeing with all the sour grapes.

@Cowellian April 13, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Like many others you refuse to acknowledge the obvious.

GetTheFactsStraight April 13, 2014 at 9:01 PM

#33: DLS plays other private schools for at least 3-4 of their games every season; for example: Serra, Bellermine, Cervite (sp?), and during the last 2 years, the state champions from both Nevada and Colorado. There are hundreds of other Catholic high schools in the U.S. Why can’t you just be proud that the longest streak in high school sports came from right here in Concord.

Fact Checker April 13, 2014 at 9:53 PM

33 didn’t question how many times De La Salle played other private schools or how many other Catholic schools there are in this country did he/she? Why can’t you admit there was an unfair advantage? Has anyone connected to De La Salle ever stated the truth? “It’s routine for us to form our athletic teams under different eligibility criteria than most of our opponents. There really wasn’t a level playing field when the streak was launched.”

Cowellian April 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

What is obvious is your abject bitterness.

GD98 April 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM

#39 is making the awfully big assumption that every single kid, on every single public school team DLS played lived in that schools boundary.

Moving of the goal posts in 3…2…1.

Silva April 14, 2014 at 7:09 AM

When my son’s West Oakland (MacClymonds) team played DLS, they were undefeated for the season. Until then. DLS whipped them. He was in awe of their team. He often talked me into taking Treat Blvd. instead of YVR so he could look at their field as we drove past. We were heartbroken about Terrance Kelly’s murder. We were heartbroken many times. My son lost many friends who were murdered.

Thomas April 14, 2014 at 7:12 AM

So – why would De La Salle need to recruit when every kid who shows some promise WANTS TO GO THERE VOLUNTARILY?!! Do you people really think DLS has recruiters/coaches out scouting for new talent at 8th grade football games? LMAO…. you people need to get a life and stop hating on DLS. Your insecurity is pathetic, and your obvious jealousy is sad.

L. Matt April 14, 2014 at 8:36 AM

For all the whiners and teeth grinders who love to join the DLS Recruiting rant at the drop of a hat, yet seem to be blind to the world of inter-district transfers for athletes at other schools ask yourselves this question;

When did Walnut Creek Intermediate become a feeder school for Miramonte?

Lori April 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I believe DeLaSalle has always had an unfair advantage and that they do recruit. That being said these boys worked their tails off to beat not only local teams but teams from all over. Just because they may have been recruited doesn’t mean these boys don’t deserve credit for all their hard work. I will give credit where credit is due. Great coaching and talented players (no matter where they came from). I will go see the movie because I loved high school football, because they are a local team and because I love movie theater popcorn. 🙂

L. Matt April 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM


Just because you “believe” doesn’t make it a fact.

Still waiting for one provable, beyond a reasonable doubt example, of a single player who was recruited by DLS to play any sport.

And no, “I heard about a kid whose mother was a friend of my sister’s hairdresser who got recruited to play (fill in sport, position here) when he was in 6th grade!”

And still, the willing refusal to acknowledge inter-district transfers that regularly occur for athletes in public schools continues unabated….

Who Cares about Football April 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I am so tired of freaking sports and how people glorify the players, they are overpaid and many players are criminals.

WHO CARES ABOUT FOOTBALL, specially De La Salle or a stupid movie.

joe April 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM


Keep it Concord April 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Not only are you incorrect about recruiting- trust me- DLS never turned down an opportunity to play any team anywhere, in fact, when DLS would try to fill their schedule it was always a challenge to get teams to play so we started traveling(Louisiana, Hawaii, LA, Wa.,etc.) During most of the streak our team didnt even have a league. They let ever other sport stay in the league…just not football- Hmm?? Hard work, dedication, buy in, faith, integrity, scholarship and building young men to make this world a better place, thats the story- not football. The one thing we have an advantage over similiar schools in the country: most all of our coaches in every sport are on campus broke ass teachers who care(the rest are mostly alumni that get paid $100 a month- thats about $1.66 per hour). this is just a movie, we are in it for the loan haul- life! You keep hate’n….we got work to do over here in Concord.

Larry Miller April 14, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I think I’m going to hurl….

Joe April 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

One way DLS recruits is through their summer football camps. I attended them while I was playing youth football in middle school. Kids from all over the bay area are there working with all the DLS coaches. All the stars of the camp usually end up attending DLS. Being a private school, they can have people attend from anywhere. Im not saying thats why they’re good but its a fact. Talent helps but they win because of all the hard work from the players and coaching staff. I ended up going to a different HS and what we did didnt even come close to how DLS prepared.

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