De La Salle football tabbed preseason No. 1 by MaxPreps

As if there wasn’t already enough pressure for new De La Salle football coach Justin Alumbaugh. In his first year taking over for the legendary Bob Ladouceur, Alumbaugh’s Spartans will enter the fall as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team by MaxPreps.com.

MaxPreps points to a talented group of lineman as well as returning starters QB Chris Williams and RB Das Tautalatasi as the Spartans’ biggest strengths. ┬áHere’s more of what Maxpreps has to say about DLS and why it’s ranked No. 1.

Stephanie Hammon

  • June 20,2013

    MaxPreps just came out with their pre-2013 FB season power ratings which come from Mr. Freeman’s computer and stats.

    He has De La Salle with a power rating of 70.2, behind St. John Bosco at 80.4, Mater Dei of Santa Ana at 76, Centennial of Corona at 72.6, and Serra of Gardena at 70.3 all ahead of DLS in California. Obviously the MaxPreps “polling staff” and Mr. Freeman don’t agree since MaxPreps named DLS #1 west of the Atlantic a few weeks ago.

    Only 1 other team north of the Chowchilla made Freeman’s state top 10: Granite Bay with 62.2 at #10. The only other Bay Area team besides DLS in his top 25 was Bellarmine with 48.9 at #24.

    Logan had 48 at #27, Pitt had 46.4 at #33, Cal had 41.8 at #49, and Freedom had 41.3 at #50. Those four and DLS were the only Eastbay/NCS teams in his computer’s state top 50.

    I’m very curious as to what Freeman feeds his computer since the SoCal teams are nearly always higher rated.

    I hope Coach Cronin of Cardinal Newman (an excellent and well respected coach) will see these ratings. Perhaps he might change his mind as to how teams would be chosen to play in possible future California HS FB state playoffs.

    I have been so bold as to come up with a plan for state playoffs. Among other things, it would have at the most 5 rounds past the regular season. It would have a very minimal effect on the section playoffs. If anyone is interested, I’d be very glad to share it.

  • Junior

    Schoolmarm- I’m interested in your playoff suggestion.

  • Stephanie Hammon

    Junior and anyone else interested in Schoolmarm’s state playoff suggestion, feel free to email me at shammon@bayareanewsgroup.com and I can pass it along. Schoolmarm emailed it to me and asked me to reach out to you and anyone else who’d like to read it.