De La Salle romps to sec­tion crown

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - SPORTS - By Chace Bryson

Lib­erty High foot­ball coach Ryan Par­tridge had never been part of a De La Salle game.

He won’t re­mem­ber his first too fondly.

With 42 unan­swered points over the sec­ond and third quar­ters Satur­day night, De La Salle erased a 7-0 deficit and turned it into a fourth-quar­ter run­ning clock and a 42-7 North Coast Sec­tion Open Di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship vic­tory at Dublin High.

De La Salle sopho­more quar­ter­back Do­rian Hale rushed for two touch­downs and threw for an­other, and the Spar­tans had four in­ter­cep­tions as the pro­gram rolled to its 27th con­sec­u­tive sec­tion ti­tle.

“It took us a lit­tle time to wake up,” said De La Salle coach Justin Alum­baugh, whose team had not played since Nov. 9 be­cause of post­pone­ments caused by poor air qual­ity. “I was happy with the way we re­sponded, though.”

De La Salle (12-0) is all but cer­tain to be named the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the CIF Open Di­vi­sion Bowl Cham­pi­onship when the sec­tion com­mis­sion­ers meet Sun­day to de­cide bowl matchups. The Open bid would set up a re­match with Mater Dei-Santa Ana on Dec. 8 at Cer­ri­tos Col­lege in Nor­walk. Mater Dei dom­i­nated last year’s matchup 52-21.

“We’re gonna go watch film in about an hour,” Alum­baugh said with a grin.

Lib­erty (11-1), which won its first sec­tion ti­tle last year, couldn’t have scripted the first 12-plus min­utes of game ac­tion any bet­ter than it tran­spired.

Deizion Bart­ley in­ter­cepted Hale’s pass on the open­ing pos­ses­sion of the game and Lib­erty drove down the field and scored on a 6-yard pass from Jay But­ter­field to Cody Muth. Then with a 7-0 lead, the Lions’ de­fense had a suc­cess­ful goal-line stand to open the sec­ond quar­ter, deny­ing the Spar­tans on four plays inside the 8.

De La Salle be­gan tilt­ing the mo­men­tum mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter when Hale scored on a 24-yard run on a 4th-and-4 play that was pre­ceded by two Lib­erty penal­ties. The score tied it 7-7 with 6:06 left in the half.

The Spar­tans were back in the end zone three min­utes later af­ter get­ting the ball back on a Taveis Mar­shall in­ter­cep­tion. Shamar Gar­rett cap­i­tal­ized on the turnover with a 39-yard scor­ing run. De La Salle took a 21-7 lead into the half af­ter a 33-yard pass from Hale to Grant Da­ley with 1:01 left.

“I thought we had a chance. We did have a chance, but we made mis­takes.” Par­tridge said. “I take full blame for all those mis­takes. We had a good plan put to­gether … But you have to be so con­sis­tent against th­ese guys.”

Chace Bryson is a free­lance writer.

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