We waited until Day 23 to get some De La Salle chatter going, so without further ado, a look at the Spartans.
Last year ended with De La Salle atop the California football mountain, winners of the CIF Open Division title. What can we expect in the early season from this year’s Spartans?
So, I’ve seen a couple passing league games this summer, and I had a chance to talk to coach Bob Ladouceur two days ago, so things are starting to take shape as they pertain to the Spartans.
The big question is who will replace RBs Terron Ward and Tyler Anderson. And, as you would expect, it’s a question that Ladouceur pointed to as something that needs to be answered. He said that right now, Lucas Dunne has established himself as a starting running back. And, he said that they’re still deciding who will line up next to him, mentioning Antoine Pickett, Joe Te’o and Gaetano DeMattei as possibilities.
In order to do well against Serra, St. Mary’s-Stockton and Bishop Gorman (yet another challenging three-game start), the lines are going to have to mature. Ladouceur described the offensive line as “green, but promising”. He also said that while he doesn’t know if the defensive line can be as good as last year’s, he could see it coming close. The fact remains though that those units will be a tad inexperienced to begin with, and they’ll need to mature for the Spartans to win games.
Ladouceur has never pulled any punches about the way his team started last season. He said it multiple times during the season, and he made it clear when I talked to him that he wants to see improvement in those first couple games this year. It won’t be easy with the schedule they’ve lined up, but I think it’s definitely doable.
In the final analysis, I think this could be another standout year for De La Salle. With talented leaders like Dylan Wynn and Blake Renaud, I think they’ll be well motivated to continue the tradition. That early stretch will tell us a lot, so stay tuned.