Prep Footballers Seek 145th Straight Win
By RON HARRIS
Associated Press Writer
CONCORD, Calif. (AP) -- De La Salle High School's football team hasn't lost since 1991, a national record winning streak of 144 games.
On Friday, the Spartans have a high-profile stage to try and extend the streak: A nationwide broadcast on ESPN2.
The Spartans (6-0), whose run of success is double the previous consecutive win record of 72, were hosting Evangel Christian Academy of Shreveport, La. (4-2).
When they last lost, bested by league rival Pittsburg High School, many of De La Salle's current team members were first graders.
"It's not so much an image issue of 'Are we going to uphold the streak? Are we going to win again?'" said senior defensive tackle Mike Pittore. "We expect our best, and our best ends up giving us what our results are - a win."
Bob Ladouceur, the team's head coach
since 1979, said he pushes the team hard, but the players often demand more of themselves than the coaching staff
"The only pressure I put on myself is I want to able to help our kids perform at their maximum level," Ladouceur said.
All 6,000 of the home bleacher seats normally sell out, but the excitement usually peters out by halftime, once the Spartans have built a comfortable lead, said principal Christopher Brady.
"In many of our games, for our fans the game is over by halftime. We're so far ahead that it becomes a social experience," Brady said.