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25 Days of Christmas: No. 1 De La Salle

Brodie Tagaloa practices in Daly City on Oct. 28, 2020. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Brodie Tagaloa practices in Daly City on Oct. 28, 2020. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

It’s the 25th and final day of the 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings for West Coast Preps, capping it off with the No. 1 team.

Only schools located within cities on the Bay Area Census were eligible for the poll.

West Coast Preps unveiled the No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21, No. 20, No. 19, No. 18, No. 17, No. 16, No. 15, No. 14, No. 13, No. 12, No. 11, No. 10, No. 9, No. 8, No. 7, No. 6, No. 5, No. 4, No. 3 and No. 2 football teams in the Bay Area earlier this month.

No. 1: De La Salle

Simply put, De La Salle is the creme de la creme of high school football.

De La Salle has won 28 consecutive North Coast Section titles and hasn’t lost to a Northern California team since falling to Pittsburg all the way back in 1991. And during its 28th straight NCS run a year ago, it only fell to two remarkable teams in St. Thomas Aquinas, who went 15-0 and was the Florida state champion, and eventual national champion St. John Bosco in the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division state title game.

Back from that special 2019 squad is a special group of athletes all across the board.

Senior quarterback, a soon-to-be three-year starter, has done it all as a Spartan – particularly his junior year. Hale is a Sacramento State bound athlete who threw for 2,047 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions, adding another 588 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

One of Hale’s top targets, senior Lu-Magia Hearns, is also back. Hearns, a Cal signee, tallied 439 receiving yards and two scores in a run-heavy Spartans offense, and junior receiver/defensive back Zeke Berry, whose offer sheet includes Oregon, had 305 receiving yards and one touchdown on 12 catches.

Other notable players include senior linebacker Kairo Reid (Army offer), offensive lineman Chad Tasi (Southern Utah signee) and junior tight end Brodie Tagaloa (seven Division I offers).

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