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De La Salle Winning Streak

151 Consecutive Games

1992-2003

 

De La Salle High School

Concord, CA

All-boys catholic school

A Brief Historical Timeline

1979:  Bob Ladouceur is hired as the head coach with no teaching or head coach experience.

1992:  The streak begins on Sept. 11th vs. Merced 34-14 to open the season. 

1995:   The state record (48th win) is broken on Nov. 3rd vs. Logan (Union City, CA) 41-8.

1997:  The national record (73rd win) is broken on Nov. 7th vs. College Park (Pleasant Hill) 56-0. 

2004:  In August, a month before the streak ends, Sports Illustrated publishes a 7-page article on De La Salle. 

2004:  The streak ends on Sept. 4th vs. Bellevue (WA) 39-20 in Seattle, WA to start the season. 

2013:  In January after 34 seasons Bob Ladouceur (399-25-3) retires after winning a fourth consecutive state title.

The home field of the De La Salle Spartans

The home field of the De La Salle Spartans

The First Loss

On September 4, 2004 De La Salle traveled to Seattle, WA for the Inaugural Emerald City Kickoff Classic played at Qwest Field (home of the Seahawks) to open the season.  De La Salle played Bellevue (WA), the 5th and final game played that weekend and lost 39-20 before 24,987 fans.  Bellevue did not attempt a pass, rushing for 463 yards and led at the half 30-20.  Bellevue would finish the 2004 season undefeated with their 4th consecutive state title, but finished # 2 nationally behind Southlake Carroll (TX) most likely because De La Salle would go on to lose three games and tie twice in 2004.  The week after losing to Bellevue De La Salle lost to Clovis West (Fresno) 30-12 and the next week tied Palma 7-7.  Two weeks later De La Salle lost to Mission Viejo 17-14 and would go on to tie Clayton Valley (Concord) 17-17.  De La Salle would finish the 2004 season 8-3-2.  The senior players on the 2004 team were in kindergarten the last time De La Salle lost a game.

 

The Streak By the Numbers

151 games

12 seasons

1 game was cancelled because of 9/11

2 San Diego teams played De La Salle in 4 games (La Costa Canyon, Rancho Buena Vista)

9 opponents were nationally ranked

43 of 151 opponents were shut out

107 of 151 games De La Salle scored 40+ points

129 of 151 opponents scored less than 20 points

 

Head Coach Bob Ladouceur by the Numbers

1979-2012

34  Seasons 

399-25-3

7  Mythical National Champion Titles

5  CIF State Titles

4  Consecutive CIF State Titles

28  CIF North Coast Section Titles

20  unbeaten seasons

4  Time USA Today National Coach of the Year

 

 

Streak Milestones

State Record, Win 48:  11/3/95 Logan (Union City) 41-8

National Record, Win 73:  11/7/97 College Park (Pleasant Hill) 56-0

 

Mythical National Champion

1994 ESPN

1998 USA Today

1999 National Sports News Service

2000 USA Today & ESPN/RISE

2001 USA Today & ESPN/RISE

2002 USA Today & ESPN/RISE

2003 USA Today & ESPN/RISE

 

Mythical State Champion

Every year from 1992-03 except 1993

 

Teams Played From Outside the Bay Area

Games, School

3    Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)

2    Bakersfield (CA)

2    Buchanan (Clovis, CA)

2    La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA)

2    Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA)

2    Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)

1    Bellevue (WA)

1    *Evangel Christian (Shreveport, LA)

1    St. Louis (Honolulu, HI)

*Evangel Christian game was broadcast live on ESPN

 

De La Salle Players in the NFL

Maurice Jones-Drew, HB, Jacksonville

Amani Toomer, WR, New York Giants

Kevin Simon, LB, Washington

Matt Gutierrez, QB, Kansas City

D.J. Williams, LB, Denver

Doug Brien, K, San Francisco

David Loerne, G, New York Jets

Derek Landri, DT, Jacksonville

 

 

Fan video of Bellevue game, first loss.

The Streak

 

1992, 13-0

Mythical State Champions 

Date, Opponent, Score

9/11  Merced, 34-14 (NATIONAL RANK)

9/18  Riordan (San Francisco), 54-0

9/25  Fairfield, 41-20

10/02  Ygancio Valley (Concord), 48-0

10/9  Pittsburg (CA), 44-7

10/16  Berkeley, 64-6

10/23  El Cerrito, 43-0

10/30  Clayton Valley (Concord), 59-6

11/6  Antioch, 49-14

11/13  Pinole Valley (Pinole), 62-12

Section Div. 3A Playoffs

11/20  Montgomery (Santa Rosa), 35-7

11/27  Logan (Union City), 55-20

12/4  Pittsburg, 41-6

Total Points:  629-112

 

1993, 13-0 

Date, Opponent, Score 

9/10  Alhambra (Martinez), 58-13

9/17  Riordan (San Francisco), 46-6

9/24  Fairfield, 53-13

10/1  Antioch, 63-14

10/8  Berkeley, 69-0

10/15  Pittsburgh, 26-21

10/22  Mission San Jose (Fremont), 55-13

10/29  Monte Vista (Danville), 56-7

11/5  Liberty (Brentwood), 41-0

11/12  Pinole Valley (Pinole), 47-6

Section Div. 3A Playoffs

11/19  American (Fremont), 55-6

11/26  Washington (Fremont), 50-7

12/3  Pinole Valley (Pinole), 46-14

Total Points:  629-120

 

1994, 13-0 

Mythical National Champions

Mythical State Champions

Date, Opponent, Score

9/9  Alhambra (Martinez), 45-6

9/16  Tracy, 55-19

9/23  St. Mary’s (Berkeley), 42-0

9/30  Antioch, 35-21

10/7  Berkeley, 35-0

10/14  Pittsburg, 55-26

10/21  Mission San Jose (Fremont), 60-0

10/28  Monte Vista (Danville), 55-15

11/4  Liberty (Brentwood), 45-14

11/11  Pinole Valley (Pinole), 47-0

Section Div. 4A Playoffs

11/18  American (Fremont), 35-6

11/25  Washington (Fremont), 45-8

12/2  Pinole Valley (Pinole), 35-0

Total Points:  589-115

 

1995, 13-0 

Mythical State Champions

Date, Opponent, Score 

9/8  Rancho Buena Vista (Vista), 35-13

9/15  Tracy, 68-14

9/22  St. Mary’s (Berkeley), 35-25

9/29  Berkeley, 28-0

10/6  Pittsburg, 27-7

10/13  Antioch, 49-20

10/20  Pinole Valley (Pinole), 67-13

10/27  Liberty (Brentwood), 55-0

11/3  Logan (Union City), 41-8

11/10  Monte Vista (Danville), 56-0

Section Div. 3A Playoffs

11/17  Montgomery (Santa Rosa), 68-14

11/24 Berkeley, 56-31

12/1  Pittsburg, 35-14

Total Points:  620-159

 

1996, 12-0 

Mythical State Champions

Date, Opponent, Score

9/13  Rancho Buena Vista (Vista), 36-19

9/20  Ygnacio Valley (Concord), 55-0

9/27  College Park (Pleasant Hill), 64-0

10/4  Skyline (Oakland), 28-0

10/11  Liberty (Brentwood), 55-14

10/18  Antioch, 42-0

10/25  Clayton Valley (Concord), 75-0

11/1  Pittsburg, 36-7

11/8  Pinole Valley (Pinole), 58-6

11/15  Northgate (Walnut Creek), 60-0

Section Div. 4A Playoffs

11/22  Berkeley, 50-0

11/29  Pittsburg, 35-7

Total Points:  594-53

  

1997, 12-0 

Mythical State Champions

Date, Opponent, Score

9/12  Nevada Union (Grass Valley), 48-14

9/19  Ygnacio Valley (Concord), 62-7

9/26  Clayton Valley (Concord), 66-10

10/3  Deer Valley (Antioch), 62-13

10/10  Northgate (Walnut Creek), 53-8

10/17  Antioch, 44-17

10/24  Liberty (Brentwood), 53-7

10/31  Pittsburg, 55-7

11/7  College Park (Pleasant Hill), 56-0

11/14  Pinole Valley (Pinole), 28-6

Section Div. 4A Playoffs

11/21  Pittsburg, 56-0

11/28  Logan (Union City), 35-15

Total Points:  618-104

 

1998, 12-0 

Mythical National Champions

Mythical State Champions

Date, Opponent, Score

 

9/11  Nevada Union (Grass Valley), 48-12

9/18  Bakersfield, 48-20

9/25  Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 28-21 (NATIONAL RANK)

10/2  St. Francis (Mountain View), 21-0

10/9  Skyline (Oakland), 41-7

10/16  Pittsburg, 60-12

10/23  Northgate (Walnut Creek), 70-0

10/30  Liberty (Brentwood), 61-23

11/6  Clayton Valley (Concord), 45-7

11/13  Pinole Valley (Pinole), 42-0

Section Div. 4A Playoffs

11/20  Pittsburg, 48-14

11/27  Castro Valley, 55-7

Total Points:  567-129

 

1999, 12-0 

Mythical National Champions

Mythical State Champions

Date, Opponent, Score

9/10  Richmond, 57-6

9/17  Bakersfield, 35-8

9/24  Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 42-0  (NATIONAL RANK)

10/1  St. Francis (Mountain View), 35-7

10/8  Skyline (Oakland), 37-0

10/15  Ygnacio Valley (Concord), 71-32

10/22  Antioch, 48-9

10/29  Clayton Valley (Concord), 55-7

11/5  Pittsburg, 61-14

11/12  College Park (Pleasant Hill), 60-12

Section Div. 4A Playoffs

11/19  Castro Valley, 55-21

11/26  San Leandro, 38-14

Total Points:  594-130

 

 

2000, 13-0 

Mythical National Champions

Mythical State Champions

Date, Opponent, Score

9/8  Buchanan (Clovis), 30-24

9/15  Marin Catholic (Kentfield), 49-7

9/22  Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 31-28  (NATIONAL RANK)

9/29  St. Francis (Mountain View), 42-7

10/6  Bishop Amat (La Puente), 56-6

10/13  Freedom (Oakley), 55-7

10/20  Clayton Valley (Concord), 64-21

10/27  Ygnacio Valley (Concord), 35-7

11/3  Pittsburg, 37-14

11/10  Deer Valley (Antioch), 41-10

Section Div. 4A Playoffs

11/17  San Ramon Valley (Danville), 68-0

11/24  Castro Valley, 34-10

12/1  San Leandro, 49-13

Total Points:  591-154

 

2001, 12-0 

Mythical National Champions

Mythical State Champions

Date, Opponent, Score

9/7  Buchanan (Clovis), 56-14

9/14  cancelled game due to 9/11, n/a

9/22  Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 34-6  (NATIONAL RANK)

9/28  St. Francis (Mountain View), 42-0

10/6  Long Beach Poly (Long Beach), 29-15 (NATIONAL RANK)

10/12  Pittsburg, 42-14

10/19  Antioch, 64-0

10/26  Liberty (Brentwood), 65-0

11/2  Ygnacio Valley (Concord), 31-13

11/9  Deer Valley (Antioch), 57-6

Section Div. 4A Playoffs

11/16  Washington (Fremont), 54-15

11/23  Logan (Union City), 45-0

11/30  San Leandro, 48-13

Total Points:  567-96

 

2002, 13-0 

Mythical National Champions

Mythical State Champions

Date, Opponent, Score

9/13  Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), 24-0

9/21  St. Louis (Honolulu, HI), 31-21 (NATIONAL RANK)

9/27  St. Francis (Mountain View), 14-0

10/4  La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad), 56-27

10/12  Long Beach Poly (Long Beach), 28-7 (NATIONAL RANK)

10/19  Liberty (Brentwood), 48-0

10/25  Freedom (Oakley), 46-7

11/1  Pittsburg, 65-6

11/8  Clayton Valley (Concord), 42-0

11/15  Ygnacio Valley (Concord), 35-0

Section Div. 4A Playoffs

11/22  Antioch, 62-13

11/29  Hayward, 47-7

12/7  San Leandro, 42-14

Total Points:  540-102

 

2003, 13-0 

Mythical National Champions

Mythical State Champions

Date, Opponent, Score

9/12  Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), 47-0

9/20  Palma (Salinas), 35-0

9/26  St. Francis (Mountain View), 39-8

10/3  Foothill (Pleasanton), 48-0

10/11  La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad), 28-7

10/17  Freedom (Oakley), 63-7

10/24  Evangel Christian (Shreveport, LA), 27-10 (NATIONAL RANK)

10/31  Deer Valley (Antioch), 47-0

11/7  Pittsburg, 26-0

11/14  Ygnacio Valley (Concord), 35-13

Section Div. 4A Playoffs

11/21  Castro Valley, 49-7

11/28  Monte Vista (Danville), 48-13

12/6  Pittsburg, 39-0

Total Points:  531-65