Those that have followed De La Salle High School football over the years knows the team usually opens the NCS playoffs with a resounding win. Last night wasn’t much different as the Spartans scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to help earn a 41-7 victory over College Park.
It took a little while for the Spartans offense to get going, as they fumbled on their first two possessions. But Tim Maupin eventually ran for 239 yards and quarterback Mike MacGillivray threw two touchdown passes. That included a 52-yarder to John Hendershott in which the senior leaped over the College Park defender on the long pass, caught the ball and strolled into the end zone.
The defense was ready right from the start, as they held the Falcons to without a first down on their first three drives. Albert Rosette and Brady Amack continued to show why they’re considered the best inside linebacking duo in the East Bay, as they flew all over the field and made play after play. The whole first team defense did, really.
De La Salle’s going to need a similar effort next week, whether it plays San Ramon Valley or Monte Vista. SRV was leading the Mustangs 27-0 at halftime, as Monte Vista killed itself with five turnovers and numerous penalties in the first 24 minutes. It looked like the Wolves were going to win, although we don’t have an updated score right now (3:30 p.m.)
SRV could pose an interesting challenge to the Spartans. The Wolves are quicker than the Mustangs and can throw as well as run the ball. College Park was more one-dimensional. SRV also plays pretty stout defense, led by tackle Zack Madonick and cornerback Ryan Vandersloot. The Wolves could very well be unbeaten at this point had it not been for a late turnover that turned into the game winning touchdown for Foothill.