CONCORD — Central-Fresno introduced an undefeated report, bus-a great deal of followers and a bevy of play-makers to De La Salle’s residence subject on Saturday night time, aiming to return to the Central Valley with an epic victory.
De La Salle wobbled, however by no means misplaced the lead.
The Spartans survived the upset bid forty nine-30 as Henry To’oto’o rushed for 171 yards and 4 touchdowns in 18 carries, together with all three De La Salle touchdowns within the second half.
De La Salle additionally obtained two a lot-wanted interceptions — one by Angel Asiasi, the opposite Grant Daley — within the second half as Central had alternatives to maneuver forward.
“We’re a scorching mess at occasions,” DLS coach Justin Alumbaugh stated. “Our youngsters are enjoying arduous. They performed exhausting tonight. Simply so many errors. Too many errors to actually be happy with what we did. However Henry was superior. Our offensive line did a very nice job. Daley got here in as a sophomore and made an enormous decide. Angel performed arduous.
“There are some guys who did some good issues. However it appeared like we have been making an attempt to maintain them within the recreation. They’re a troublesome squad. They made some nice performs.”
De La Salle was with out two of its greatest gamers, operating again Kairee Robinson (concussion) and USC-sure defensive deal with Tuli Letuligasenoa (knee), and was coming off a 34-7 loss to nationwide energy Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas.
However the Spartans (four-1) began OK on Saturday towards a revved up opponent. They scored a landing on their first possession and stored padding the lead, ultimately going forward 28-10 on a 60-yard cross from Andrew Jones to Blaine Bumbaca with 7:fifty five left within the opening half.
However Central, which had outscored its 4 earlier opponents 186-12, didn’t fade away. It pulled to inside 28-sixteen when Avery Boyd dived to snag a 28-yard landing move from Trent Tompkins.
The Grizzlies added one other landing simply earlier than halftime when Manuel Oliver-Davis made a sensational 30-yard catch close to the sideline, slicing the deficit to twenty-eight-23 and sending the guests into the locker room with visions of the upset.
Central seemed as if it’d take the lead when it moved contained in the De La Salle forty. However Asiasi’s interception and lengthy return modified area place and momentum.
De La Salle fumbled the ball away earlier than scoring on its subsequent possession. However Grant’s interception on a deep move arrange a forty eight-yard run by means of the center of the sector by To’oto’o after which a 1-yard scoring run by To’oto’o.
The Spartans pulled away from there.
“It was a very tough begin,” To’oto’o stated. “We might have performed so much higher, for my part.”
What was the message at halftime?
“They only received into us, that we have been letting our custom down, which we have been,” To’oto’o added. “It was an enormous shame to everyone who got here down and performed by way of this program. It gave us a unique mindset to truly come out and play bodily.”
De La Salle completed with 493 yards of offense (369 dashing, 124 passing). Central had 318 yards of offense however simply 116 within the second half.