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Football: De La Salle Sinks Servite to Win State Bowl Game

The Spartans capped off an impressive showing by Northern California teams with a 48-8 win against Servite-Anaheim.

De La Salle 48, Servite-Anaheim 8

The Star: Lucas Dunne ran for 240 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries, Joe Te'o added 165 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and the rest of the De La Salle Spartans were nearly as impressive as they left Servite wondering what happened. 

The Turning Point: The Spartans scored six touchdowns before the Friars even recorded a first down. It was domination from start to finish at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

The Quote: "This is what we've been working for for 11 months." — Lucas Dunne.

Bottom Line: The Spartans' thumping of Servite provided the exclamation point on a weekend in which Northern California teams won four of five state bowl games. It was De La Salle's third victory in five trips to the Home Depot Center since the California Interscholastic Federation introduced the state bowl games in 2006. 

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As members of the De La Salle High football team held the CIF Open Division Bowl Game trophy above their heads on Saturday, several of the mud-covered Spartans began to chant, "Hurricane, Hurricane."

It wasn't a reference to the weather. 

Two-way lineman Dylan Wynn called the chant "a team thing," but it describes the ease with which the Spartans ripped through Servite of Anaheim in a 48-8 massacre. 

As far as the Friars were concerned, De La Salle was a Category Five.

By the time the pair of private, all-boys Catholic schools took the field on Saturday, the grass surface at the Home Depot Center in Carson had taken a severe beating from four other games and two days of constant rain. 

It didn't phase the Spartans (14-0), who wasted no time jumping all over the bemired Friars en route to a 35-0 first half lead. 

"All we did was worry about ourselves," defensive end/tight end Connor Peters said. "We didn't worry about the weather."

By the time Servite picked up a first down — on its second drive of the third quarter — De La Salle was up 42-0.

Led by the running of Lucas Dunne (28 carries for 240 yards) and Joe Te'o (165 yards on nine carries), the Spartans moved the ball at will.

After forcing Servite into the first of six three-and-outs on the first drive of the game, Devin Williams returned the punt 30 yards to the Servite 29-yard line. Dunne needed just three carries to get to the end zone, with a four-yard plunge capping the drive.

"We executed like we did all year," he said. "This is what we've been working for for 11 months."

Dunne added his second score on the Spartans' next drive. This time on a 37-yard run, while showing the ability made sharp cuts despite the field's condition.

Michael Hutchings picked off Servite quarterback Cody Pittman on the Friars' ensuing drive and De La Salle quarterback Bart Houston scored the first of his two touchdowns on a one-yard sneak to put the game away.

Yes, it was still the first quarter and the score was 19-0, but this was a script that East Bay football fans have seen many times before. It always ends the same way.

Servite (14-1) came into the game ranked as high as No. 4 in the country and ahead of De La Salle in multiple polls, but it fared no better than the line-up of East Bay Athletic League teams the Spartans cruised by during the regular season.

"We had some seniors, Dylan Wynn, Blake Renaud, Lucas Dunne and Lucas Shapiro, that didn't want to be denied," De La Salle coach Bob Ladoceur said.

And they weren't.

When Wynn, Renaud and the rest of the DLS starters were in on defense, Servite simply couldn't move the ball. Considering that the Friars scored 40 or more points in three of their four Southern Section Pac-5 playoff games — which is considered the toughest section playoff bracket in the state — it was the crowning achievement for a defense that wasn't short on dominant performances. 

"We knew we had to shut them off right away," Wynn said. "We've had games where we've gone hard in the beginning, like , and they came back. We've had games where we started out bad and slow, like , and we've come out in the second half and finished them off.

"We didn't have a game where we shut them off all the way through. We knew coming into this game that's what we needed to do."

The senior class goes out with back-to-back Open Division titles, coming off last year's 28-14 win against Crenshaw.

"I was crying on the bench when they took me out because it hit me right there that I was done with De La Salle football," said Wynn, who is committed to Oregon State. "That's a big thing for me. College is going to be its own adventure, but the thing is ... I'll have these friends for the rest of my life."

De La Salle, located in Concord but drawing its students from all over the East Bay, outgained Servite 527-197 and picked up 23 first downs to the Friars' eight and extended its winning streak to 26 games.

Houston finished 3-for-5 for 52 yards and ran for 26 yards on eight carries. 

The win also vaulted De La Salle to No. 1 in the country the latest MaxPreps.com Freeman Rankings — a computer-based ranking system. 

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For complete stats, look in the photo section and check out Clayton Patch editor Patrick Creaven's of the game.

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Check out the coverage of the Spartans' impressive win by other media outlets around the state:

Cal-Hi Sports/ESPN Rise

Contra Costa Times

Los Angeles Times

MaxPreps.com

NorCalPreps.com

Orange County Register 

Orange County Register 2

San Francisco Chronicle

Torrance Daily Breeze

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