The Fresno experience

The De La Salle High School football team’s first play from scrimmage on Saturday night against Clovis West was a 16-yard run by Ryan Nastor.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, it equaled their longest gain of the night.

De La Salle’s offense struggled to move the ball against the Golden Eagles, to say the least. But fans of the Spartans shouldn’t be overly worried. Just look at last year. Kevin Lopina could hardly be described as a prototypical split-back veer option quarterback. But as the season wore on, he reduced his mistakes and was ripping off long runs. So as long as the offensive line improves, De La Salle should get back to being a very good running team.

Speaking of Saturday night, about 5,000 showed up to see the game at immaculate Buchanan High. The stadium itself holds about 10,000 people and the field was perfectly manicured. Kind of lets you know how big a deal high school football is in the Valley.

I’m not sure what I was expecting as far as pre-game festivities at Buchanan High, but the parking lot was practically empty. There was a couple there who had WAY too much food for two people to consume, and there was three other college-age guys pouring beer into plastic cops as to not alert the Clovis po-po. Nice going, fellas.

De La Salle’s loss dropped it from USA Today’s Super 25. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/poll/2005-super25.htm

Calhisports.com still had DLS ranked No. 6 in the state. http://calhisports.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=454302




    For the past 4 seasons I’ve had the pleasure of watching Calfornia High School Football’s Class of 2006 mature into what it is now, a TEAM who’s time has come.Inspite of the Grizzlies “front office” selection of “stand in” and “ride along” coaches past and present, these kids are winners. It isn’t QB & Company or Coach & Company. IT is all about the Grizzlies. Come early cause the stands are full at home and away.