Falsem’s victory against Northern California Division 1AA Regional Playoff De la Salle (Concord, California) marked the end of a historic Spartan race. A look at the numbers reveals how influential the Spartans have been over the last four decades and why Falsem’s victory is so remarkable.
The defeat to Folsom (California) was the first playoff loss to the Northern California team since 1991 when the Spartans lost to Pittsburgh. It was a run from 80 straight playoff wins against the Northern California team in the defeat.
Overall, de la Sal’s playoff record since 1982 is 107-12. Six of the wins and eight of the defeats came against the Southern California opponents, giving the Spartans a 101-4 playoff record against their Northern California opponents.
The loss to Falsam marked the second time since 1982 that de la Salle had lost a playoff game that was not a championship game. In the first round of the Class 2A playoffs in 1983, another non-championship defeat took place 14-7 against Miramonte (Orinda).
In the 1987 Class 3A Championship game, Monte Vista (Danville) lost 14-13 to De La Salle, the only other hell.
Since 1979, Bob Lauduser’s first year at de la salle, the Spartans have a 501-35-3 record. De La Salle’s record against Northern California opponents is 459-14-3. The Spartans have a 42-21 record against non-hellish opponents.
De La Saul has the following records against Southern California and various states: SoCal (including Central Section teams) are 34-11, Florida 0-3, Texas 0-1, South Carolina 1-0, Nevada 2-1, Utah 0-1. , Hawaii 1-0, Colorado 1-0, Maryland 0-1, New Jersey 0-2, Washington DC 1-0, Ohio 1-0, Louisiana 1-0, Washington 0-1.
De La Salle had a 318-game winning streak (316-0-2) against the Northern California team before losing to St. Francis (Mountain View) in the third game of the season. The next string of De La Salle’s NorCal win lasted seven games.
Alcoa runs seven streaks in a row
Alcoa (Tenn.) Won its seventh state championship and 20th in school history, beating East Nashville 45-14 in the Tennessee Class 3A State Final. Coach Gary Rankin, the winning coach with 466 career wins in Tennessee history, also won his 17th state championship – 14 of them with tornadoes.
Alco is ranked No. 1 in Tennessee history for the state championship, and Rankin is ranked, 13th all-time national coach. The seven straight state titles are the longest active trend in the country.
Bixby sets an 11-man winning streak in Oklahoma
Bixby beat Deer Creek (Edmond) 63-14 in the Oklahoma Class 6A-II state final last week to win its 49th game in a row and break the state record for consecutive wins. Wagner’s 48-set win from 2014-17 was a precedent.
The longest winning streak for a football team of any size is in the hands of State and Morrison at the 8-man level. Morrison created a 90-game winning streak that ended in 1995. Shatk was at the top of that mark with a 92-game winning streak ending in 2009.
Shattock’s winning streak is the fourth-longest football winning streak regardless of team size, while Morrison’s win is the fifth-longest. The Pahranagat Valley has the longest streak of 8 out of 104 people in a row. It ranks 3rd among all football streaks.
Nine teams have crossed the 800-win milestone
Prior to the 2021 season, only 31 high school football programs had won 800 or more games in their history. This year, however, nine teams have joined their ranks.
New teams over 800 wins include:
• East St. Louis (Ill.), 810
• Amarillo (Texas), 808
• Paducah Tilghman (Paducah, Ky.), 806
• Steelton-Highspire (Steelton, Pa.), 805
• Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.), 804
• Harlan (Iowa), 804
• Mart (Texas), 804 (season not over)
• Gaffney (S.C.), 803
• Danville (Ky.), 801
Without Kevin Kelly, the Pulaski Academy retains its tradition
Although Kevin Kelly and Pulaski are not coaches at the academy (Little Rock, Ark.), The Bruins have not slowed down under first-year head coach Anthony Lucas. In addition to winning the Class 5A State Championship, Pulaski Academy had more than 4,000 yards of quarterback passes for the 18th time, the most of any program in the country.
Charlie Fischer threw for 4,988 yards, ranking seventh all-time at Pulaski Academy. With 8,049 career yards, he is the eighth Pulaski Academy quarterback to top 8,000 yards in his career.