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September 28, 2013Friday, San Ramon Valley marched into De La Salle to play the Spartans in a game of ups and downs. The Wolves could not pack the punch they needed to take control of the game, as they would go on to lose 47-21.
This game was not all De La Salle as the first half was a neck and neck affair, with both teams scoring. The Wolves jumped out early with a fumble recovery on the third play of the game by defensive back Austin Webster, combined with running back Marcus De La Pena's 41 yard touchdown reception. San Ramon would add an 81 yard touchdown reception by J.J. Koski and a field goal, to make it 15-14 and put the Spartans on the edge of their seat.
The boys from Concord would, however take a 28-15 lead into halftime after a 52 yard touchdown run from running back John Velasco. That would be all she wrote, as SRV would be outscored in the second half 19-6. The Wolves received the kick after halftime, yet still could not capitalize, as they were forced to punt on countless occasions.
"I want to win it now," said De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh at half time. "They don't have the conditioning we do. We can knock them down with a couple scores here."
Velasco rushed for 194 yards for the Spartans before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter. Another player who helped De La Salle to the victory was their quarterback Chris Williams who was 7-for-9 passing for 188 yards. The Spartans featured its running game most of the game, including many option plays.
For De La Salle, they move to 5-0 on the season, scoring 40 points or more in their last three games. The Spartans will look to go 6-0 against Servite next week and hope to have Arizona State commit Dasmond Tautalatasi back in the near future.
As for the Wolves, they have lost their last three games since coming off a season-opening win at Buhach Colony. SRV has been outscored by a margin of 135-75 in its last three games. They will look to get back on track next week as they open league play at home against Livermore.
Despite the 1-3 start, the Wolves are very optimistic and excited about the remainder of the season. During the bus ride back to San Ramon, the team broke out singing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough,' and at the end, a player yelled out, "Let's go get that EBAL championship."
Chris Williams QB De La Salle (2015): The Spartans quarterback showed command, accuracy, and the ability to lead his team against San Ramon. Going 7-for-9 passing for 188 yards, Williams was very effective through the air in this game. The Spartans ran a lot of option plays that Williams handled well, he had good decision making and for the most part he knew when to keep the ball and when to pitch it. The talent, Williams, possess is definitely there, we will have to see how far he can lead De La Salle this season.
Kevin Griffin DB De La Salle (2015): A Washington State commit, Griffin showed his defensive skills tonight, as he had a key interception that helped seal the game for the Spartans. With great size, Griffin can matchup with any good wide receiver, height is a big factor when guarding a wide receiver, and Griffin has it. He is also very quick and made great reads tonight, being able to interrupt passing lanes and cause San Ramon problems.
J.J. Koski WR San Ramon Valley (2015): Koski continues to impress at the wide receiver position, with a great game against the Spartans, he showed that he can be even more valuable than before. Catching an 81 yard touchdown reception, Koski was making plays that were keeping the Wolves in the game. With decent size and great speed, Koski is a great receiver, it is only a matter of time before we see those skills transfer over to the college level.