NCS roundup: Top-seeded De La Salle ad­vances to Open Divi­sion cham­pi­onship game.

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTING GREEN - By Chace Bryson Chace Bryson is a free­lance writer.

De­spite giv­ing up 17 points in the first seven min­utes of the game, Pitts­burg High found it­self still within strik­ing dis­tance mid­way through the third quar­ter of Fri­day’s North Coast Sec­tion Open Divi­sion semi­fi­nal at De La Salle.

Then the Shamar Gar­rett Show hap­pened.

De La Salle’s two-way ju­nior rushed for 65 yards on his first three car­ries of the sec­ond half, scor­ing on a 32-yard run with 4:07 left in the third quar­ter. One minute later, he in­ter­cepted a pass by Pitts­burg’s Jerry John­son and re­turned it 38 yards to the Pitts­burg 27-yard line. Two plays later, he threw a 16-yard touch­down pass to Grant Da­ley on a half­back op­tion play.

The three-minute flurry put the game on ice as the Spar­tans cruised to a 38-0 vic­tory that was played de­spite the smoky con­di­tions in the East Bay. They ad­vance to play the win­ner of Sat­ur­day’s semi­fi­nal be­tween Clay­ton Val­ley and Lib­erty.

“He’s just a re­ally good player and he’s a good ath­lete,” De La Salle coach Justin Alum­baugh said of Gar­rett. “I’ve been say­ing it all year — he’s just a dif­fer­ent kid this year. He’s more pos­i­tive and he’s buy­ing in more. The sky’s the limit with him.”

Gar­rett fin­ished the night with 76 yards on 10 car­ries. The touch­down pass was his sec­ond of the sea­son, on two at­tempts. But he wasn’t happy Da­ley had to dive for the catch.

“I messed up a lit­tle bit on the throw,” Gar­rett said. “I didn’t mean to lob it that far. (Da­ley) made a great catch.”

De La Salle (11-0) led just three plays into the game when Do­rian Hale hit Lu Hearns on a bub­ble screen and Hearns broke two tack­les be­fore go­ing 86 yards for a score. Hale scored on a 24-yard run on the team’s next pos­ses­sion.

Pitts­burg (7-4) was able to keep things close for nearly two quar­ters with a strong de­fen­sive ef­fort. How­ever, the of­fense strug­gled most of the night against a De La Salle team that posted its fourth shutout of the sea­son.

The Pi­rates’ best chance at a score came on the open­ing pos­sess­sion of the first half. Pitts­burg drove 71 yards on 10 plays for a 1st-and-goal at the 9-yard line. But a fum­bled snap and de­lay-of-game penalty killed its mo­men­tum and the drive ended with a missed 35yard field-goal try.

“Re­ally, it could’ve been a game right there,” Pitts­burg coach Vic Galli said. “We had our op­por­tu­nity to make it a game. Our kids didn’t quit and we played hard.”

Pitts­burg was with­out de­fen­sive line­man Ja­cob Ban­des be­cause of a hip in­jury. Ban­des was hold­ing up play cards for the of­fense.

De La Salle’s un­beaten streak against North­ern Cal­i­for­nia foes im­proved to 299 games.

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