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Servite ‘Dunne’ In By De La Salle

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(CBS/Rahshaun Haylock) — Last season in the CIF PAC-5 Championship at Angel Stadium, against Edison, Servite embraced the rain. As the underdog, the Friars used the elements as an aide to their first CIF title since 1983.

Fast forward to Saturday, as back-to-back PAC-5 Champs, Servite entered its Open Division Bowl game against De La Salle as a seven point underdog, according to Calpreps.com.

Once again the rain played a factor, only this time, there wasn’t that same embrace from the Friars. The entire night the Friars appeared to be a couple of steps slower than the Spartans.

De La Salle scored on all five of their first half possessions and raced to a 35-0 halftime lead on their way to a 48-8 win.

Meanwhile, the Friars stood dazed in the rain as their offense never got going. The running game was not as sharp and the passing game was inadequate.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Friars were manhandled by the Spartans offensive line. Behind that offensive line, Lucas Dunne rushed for 242 yards on 28 carries and four touchdowns bringing his season total to 40, a De La Salle single season record.

Its hard to imagine that type of domination in the biggest game in the state, but De La Salle made it look easy. Servite did not register a first down in the first half and registered only 22 yards of total offense.

The team that had been so dominant and kept finding so many ways to win over the previous 25 games appeared to have lost the recipe. In head coach Troy Thomas’ words “we just got beat.”

The loss snapped the Friars’ 25-game winning streak, which for a couple of hours, stood as the longest in the state (along with De La Salle) after Serra’s loss to Folsom.

It also gives De La Salle back-to-back Open Division Bowl Championships. It also sent a resounding message to the SoCal as NorCal dominated State Bowl weekend taking four of th five games.

It’s the 26th consecutive win for De La Salle. The Spartans improve to 3-2 in State Bowl Games.

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