The schedule is out for the 2015 football season courtesy of the Concord De La Salle athletic department in a late Sunday email from athletic director Leo Lopoz and it looks like it will be one worthy of a team that probably will start with the nation’s No. 1 ranking.
Next season’s schedule also was announced at the team’s annual banquet on Sunday night and may be the most imposing slate of opponents the Spartans have ever played in one season.
Since De La Salle’s national record win streak ended at 151 games in 2004, the Spartans have returned to their perch as California’s dominant program, including five CIF Open Division state bowl titles in six years. Other than one computer ranking for 2014, however, they haven’t been a consensus national champion.
Not that it’s ever been much of a motivation, but the 2015 season will see De La Salle make some history with its first-ever trip to Texas and its first-ever game against a Texas opponent. That trip will take place for Week 0 against a TBD opponent, but the most significant opponent would be Allen, which has won the last two Class 6A Division I state titles and has a current 43-game winning streak. In this year’s final FAB 50 national rankings (also going out Monday this week), Allen ended at No. 1 and DLS at No. 2.
Here is the official schedule as of today (with Texas foe TBD):
Week 0: At Texas opponent TBD
Week 1: At Serra (San Mateo)
Week 2: BYE
Week 3: ORANGE LUTHERAN
Week 4: SERVITE (ANAHEIM)
Week 5: At Granite Bay
Week 6: SAN RAMON VALLEY (DANVILLE)
Week 7: LONG BEACH POLY
Week 8: DEL ORO (LOOMIS)
Week 9: At James Logan (Union City)
Week 10: CALIFORNIA (SAN RAMON)
In addition to the Texas trip, De La Salle will be hosting three CIF Southern Section opponents, including a Week 7 matchup vs. Long Beach Poly, which no doubt had to rearrange its Moore League schedule for the matchup to happen at that point of the season. All three CIFSS teams are from the Pac-5 Division, but none of the three is Corona Centennial, St. John Bosco or Bishop Amat, which are the three that probably will be ranked highest in the state and nation for the preseason.
Once the Spartans come home from Texas, their furthest trip will be to Granite Bay of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. And next season, remember, De La Salle will only have to travel to Sacramento State for the CIF Open Division state bowl game.
Mark, just couple of thoughts. Next year’s DLS could be their greatest ever, which is saying something. Those Southern Section teams won’t come close. Good thing they have not scheduled Centennial, since we could see a rematch in the open state final. It’s too bad they won’t be playing Bishop Gorman.