The Serra-San Mateo Padres hosted the nationally ranked De La Salle Spartans (#5 on the DigitalSPorts National Football Rankings) on a hot Saturday afternoon on September 7th. For the third time in seven tries, the Padres tried to give the Spartans a run for their money, giving all they had to pull out the win, but a late combination of offense and defense by the Spartans gave them the 21-14 road victory.
For the third time in seven tries against his alma mater, the Serra-San Mateo head football coach and his Padres gave the Spartans all they could handle. But like in the 2008 and 2009 meetings, De La Salle pulled off another escape job, this time coming from behind in the fourth quarter to win 21-14 on a hot Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans still hold on to De La Salle High football team’s Northern California unbeaten streak, a streak they have held for the last 20 years and 238 games.
The game was knotted at 14-14 late in the fourth quarter, and both teams were gassed. Unfortunately, the Spartans lost two of their top players to serious injuries, but backup safety John Quinn pulled the defense together and came up big when it counted most. With four minutes remaining on the clock Quinn intercepted a pass from Serra QB Matt Fa’aita, returning the ball to the Serra 10-yard line.
Two plays later, De La Salle’s QB Chris Williams called a QB sneak for a touchdown, making the score 21-14. The Spartans ran out the time on the clock with a sack in the final minute of the game to seal their victory.
De La Salle, now ranked #5 on the DigitalSports National Football Rankings, will take on the St. Mary’s Rams on the road this Friday, September 13th, @ 7:15PM.