FB: No. 1 DLS in top scrimmage

Los Medanos Scrimmage Part 1

If you’re a true high school football fanatic you haven’t lived until you’ve been down on the field for a De La Salle (Concord) scrimmage, and I don’t mean on the sidelines, I mean mingling with the brain trust of Spartan football.

De La Salle alum Justin Alumbaugh may be the new head coach, but don’t for one-minute believe former coach and legend Bob Ladouceur is still not a big part of the mix, because he is.

This first blog from the Pittsburg hosted scrimmage at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg on Friday night is about state No. 1 De La Salle.

The players that were supposed to look good did, but the answers about who would be the targets for senior QB Chris Williams may have been answered.

Before he left in the Pittsburg scrimmage after banging his knee, Williams hit a streaking Marquis Morris and the the senior 6-2, 170-pound state 110 hurdles champ took it 40-yards for a TD in a 35-7 win over a No. 25 ranked San Ramon California team that played well in other scrimmages.

Another receiver that emerged is Devin Asiasi, a 6-4, 217-pound sophomore basketball player turned tight end. He’s a little raw but has size, speed and hands, and caught two TD passes, and neither was easy. The third receiver to stand out was Adam Mayer. The 6-1, 190-pound junior caught two TD passes with one in heavy traffic.

The left-handed Williams was sharp in the pocket, and he took off on some keepers where he ran over defenders in both the California and Pittsburg scrimmages. He tried, however, to run over Pittsburg one too many times.

Dasmond Tautalatasi saw limited action at running back as Alumbaugh used over half a dozen ball carriers. John Velasco, a 5-7, 197-pound junior was the most impressive of the assortment. He ran for two TDs and broke five tackles on one of them against Pittsburg.

The line made some mistakes but it is huge. Kahlil McKenzie, a 6-3, 316-pound junior, looks like he has tree trunks for legs. Sumner Houston, a 6-3, 260-pounder, is solid as a rock. Sophomore 6-2, 286-pound Boss Tagaloa, who impressed at the Nike Camp at Laney College, looked good, as did 6-5, 240-pound Meshech Burrell, whom De La Salle coaches feel is coming along very well.

Los Medanos scrimmage Part 2 will be out Saturday evening and will be about No. 32 Pittsburg, California and No. 47 James Logan.

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  1. By FB: Preseason Rankings Follow-Up on August 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    […] the “retirement” of coach Bob Ladouceur. As associate editor Harold Abend observed at De La Salle’s scrimmage on Friday night, Ladouceur is still a huge part of the […]

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