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De La Salle Football – KINGS of NorCal – GetSportsFocus Football 2013

Posted December 15, 2013 by in – Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships. De La Salle (14-0) is now one step closer to winning a fifth-straight State Championship after defeating Folsom (14-1) 45-17. The Spartan defense shut down a Bulldogs offense that came in averaging 52 points per game.

Washington State-bound cornerback Kevin Griffin intercepted Folsom quarterback Jake Browning before halftime as De La Salle led 19-3. In the third quarter, the Gatorade State Player of the Year was picked off for a second time by senior linebacker David Ortega who returned the interception deep into Folsom territory. John Velasco was a the Spartans’ workhorse once again, rushing 27 times for 144 yards and four touchdowns. The senior running back scored twice in each half while his sophomore counterpart in Antoine Custer rushed for 133 yards on the night.

Junior quarterback Jake Browning produced monster stats this season, coming into this game with state single-season records (5,393 yards passing & 74 touchdowns). Browning was shut out in the first three quarters until finally throwing two touchdowns in the last period. By that time it was 45-17, a similar score to last year’s 49-15 loss. Browning would finish 32-of-47 for 296 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions resulting in a QB rating of 72.6, his lowest of the season.

Justin Alumbaugh has now led the Spartans to the CIF Open Division State Championship in his first season as head coach. De La Salle heads back to Carson, CA to face St. John Bosco (15-0) as the Spartans looks to win a fifth-straight state title.

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Justin Lum

Justin Lum is a home grown reporter from the Bay Area who is a sports fanatic. He played quarterback for City College of San Francisco in 2010 when they won the NorCal championship. He always knew he wanted to work in television and transferred to San Francisco State University for their renowned broadcasting program.Justin is definitely a versatile journalist with his background in news due to interning at NBC Bay Area. While juggling school and work, he would come into the station at 3 in the morning twice a week to shadow reporters who became his mentors. Justin is also very involved with his community in the East Bay. He works with the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club, mentoring the youth while coaching sports and fitness. When he does have time off, he enjoys working out, playing football, and spending time with family and friends. Sports is his true passion and Justin is excited about bringing his talent to GetSportsFocus.


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