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Punishing run game lifts Spartans past Jesuit

Nico Torrez (left) and Dorian Hale (right) celebrate after a touchdown. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Nico Torrez (left) and Dorian Hale (right) celebrate after a touchdown. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

On a warm April night, there was Thursday night football on the De La Salle campus. It was also Senior Night. With all the weirdness surrounded by this season, the one thing that has remained normal is De La Salle winning football games. On this night, it did it with its ground attack again, as it defeated the visiting Jesuit Marauders, 42-7. 

De La Salle came out hot, forcing a quick three-and-out then taking the ball and driving right down the field by setting up a 5-yard touchdown run from Sacramento State signee Dorian Hale. Hale had a good game in his final game in Concord, as his touchdown run gave the Spartans a 7-0 lead. 

Jesuit had a drive going, as it tried to respond to the early score from the Spartans, but it stalled out. The special teams unit played well all night for Jesuit, as its pinned De La Salle inside ots own 20-yard line. The Jesuit defense came up with a big play after that, as they intercepted Hale, putting themselves in great position to try and make it a 7-7 game. 

That is exactly what happened, as quarterback Preston Vukovich hit Keleki Latu in the end zone on a fantastic catch over multiple Spartans defenders. The 29-yard score would end up being the only score for Jesuit, as the defense for the Spartans tightened up after that score. 

Right after the kickoff the big night for Nico Torrez began, as he ran down the right sideline and quickly gave De La Salle the lead again. His first touchdown of the night would end up being a 36-yard touchdown run, which was set up by Lu-Magia Hearns big kick return. 

Torrez was not done for the night. Coming off an interception from the De La Salle defense, Torrez struck again, this time from seven yards out, as he scored the third touchdown of the first half for the Spartans. Torrez had two touchdowns in his first four carries. 

The score would be 21-7 as the second half started, and that is when De La Salle asserted its dominance up front. Its impressive line play brought it all the way down the field, chipping away and inching its way to the red zone before Hale got back in the end zone. From 25 yards out, Hale scrambled around and found a seam down the right sideline while racing his way into the end zone to make it a 28-7 score. This drive lasted 6:32 and took up over half of the third quarter. 

At this point, the De La Salle coaching staff decided to bring in its backup quarterback. It was just putting on the final touches, as Torrez ended up found the end zone one more time with an 8-yard touchdown run. One more big play from the Spartan offense came on a screen pass to McCoy for a 48-yard touchdown.

De La Salle continues its historic run of 29 years without losing to a Northern California team, and it does not seem to be ending anytime soon, as the Spartans system continues to roll out high talented athletes and wins. It will be on the road for its final two games, and next Saturday night it will travel to San Ramon to take on California.

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