GetSportsFocus.com TOP 7 High School Football Games of the 2012 Season – De La Salle wins 4th Consecutive State Title
GetSportsFocus.com – The De La Salle Spartans proved to the rest of high school football that they are the best. It’s no doubt that the Spartans’ win in the 2012 CIF State Open Division Football State Championship is the GetSportsFocus BEST GAME OF THE YEAR. This game did not have a thriller ending but it was a game that showcased what “Greatness” is all about. A high school football team at it’s best coached by one of the best coaching staff in the country. De La Salle’s state championship win was also the 399th win for what the sports world considered as the Best High School Coach EVER, Head Football Coach Bob Ladoceur. De La Salle Spartans domintated Centenial Corona 48-28.
399 – The number of career wins Head Coach Bob Ladouceur has accumulated since taking over De La Salle’s football program in 1979. There will be an opportunity to get #400, but as of now, there was no more fitting way to get the 399th win, than in the 2012 CIF Open Division State Championship.
The Spartans went over the 40-point mark once again, and turned in another double-digit win, this time against the Centennial Huskies of Corona. The Huskies went down fighting, however, and gave De La Salle a scare as they climbed to within 14 points in the fourth quarter.
DLS RB Titapepe Vitale had another dominant game, scoring the game’s first three touchdowns, and eventually finishing the game with four. In addition to a Chris Williams’ 3-yard TD run to make it 28-0 in the second quarter, the Spartans seemed destined to run away untouched en route to their fourth Open Division State Championship in a row.
Centennial’s quick-scoring offense didn’t let that happen though. After DLS scored their fourth touchdown, the Huskies were sure to go into halftime with some type of momentum. Indeed, they responded with a quick 80-yard drive that ended in a 2-yard rushing TD by RB Austin Renken with 36 seconds left.
In the beginning of the third quarter, Centennial got just what it needed from its defense: a quick punt and even better, a three-and-out. The Huskies took advantage, and on the second play of the ensuing drive, QB Robert Webber connected with WR Chase Krivashei for a huge 67-yard touchdown to cut the lead down to 14.
In the second half, the game continued to be a back-and-forth affair, as both teams exchanged blows. With the score 28-14, Centennial managed to force another DLS punt, allowing for an opportunity to come within one touchdown of tying or taking the lead. However, fumbles were a big problem for both teams throughout the game. Chase Krivashei would lose his second of the night on a pass from Webber that would have taken the Huskies to their own 30-yard line from their own 3. It was a huge swing of momentum as Centennial looked to tie the game. Instead, De La Salle recovered the ball on the Huskies’ 38, and on the first play of the drive, WR Austin Lonestar would score on a 38-yard Chris Williams pass.
Once again, the Huskies did not look to go down easily. The next three drives, De La Salle and Centennial would each score a touchdown. The last of those touchdowns belonged to the Huskies – a 5-yard pass to Barry Ware with 8:46 to go in the fourth quarter to reset the deficit to 14.
As Chase Krivashei lost a fumble, Tiapepe Vitale, would too. Centennial’s Miquan Johnson would recover the ball, allowing the offense to take over at their 43. Not surprisingly, just as DLS’ defense has done all year, they came up with a stop, taking over on downs as a result of a failed 4th and 5 conversion.
However, Centennial’s defense would too step up, stopping Chris Williams’ 3rd and 6 run 5 yards short of a first down.
Down 42-28, the Huskies needed to score quickly. On 1st and 10 at their 36, Webber aimed to score on a pass to Ryan Pascarella, but the pass was too short for the receiver, and was picked off by De La Salle’s Allan Marion.
The interception seemingly sealed the victory for the Spartans, who added on a 2-yard rushing TD by Vitale.
With the win, De La Salle wrapped up its fourth Open Division Championship in as many years and ended the year with a clean 15-0 record in addition to a 25-game winning streak.
DLS – 1-yard run by Tiapepe Vitale; Tyler Duncan PAT good (7-0)
DLS – 2-yard run by Vitale; Duncan PAT good (14-0)
DLS – 45-yard run by Vitale; Duncan PAT good (21-0)
DLS – 3-yard run by Chris Williams; Duncan PAT good (28-0)
C – 2-yard run by Austin Renken; Rigo Luna PAT good (28-7)
C – 67-yard pass from Robert Webber to Chase Krivashei; Luna PAT good (28-14)
DLS – 38-yard pass from Williams to Austin Lonestar; Duncan PAT good (35-14)
C – 8-yard pass from Webber to Ryan Pascarella; Luna PAT good (35-21)
DLS – 5-yard run by Das Tautalatasi; Duncan PAT good (42-21)
C – 5-yard pass from Webber to Barry Ware; Luna PAT good (42-28)
DLS – 2-yard run by Vitale; Duncan PAT missed (48-28)