Concord – What happens when you wrap up a high school football team with great college talent, get on a plane, and fly across the country from Baltimore to play on ESPN 2?
De la Salle was at the end of a high-light rail performance at the St. Francis Academy of Baltimore, which was bigger, faster and more talented than the home team.
The highlights of the second half are finally over – give credit to De La Salle.
But by then, St. Francis had taken such a big advantage that the result was never in doubt as the visitors went off the field with a 42-28 victory.
“When we are playing as talented as a team, we have to fix all the little things,” said DLS coach Justin Alumbag. “It’s a really good team. When you look at them, they have talent everywhere. They’re well-trained. They know what they’re doing. Physically. They’ve got good speed. They can hurt you in the air, they can hurt you on the ground.
De La Salle had his second loss in six games this season. But unlike Mountain View’s stunning defeat in St. Francis three weeks ago, it wasn’t unexpected.
According to 247 Sports, St. Francis is close to a dozen of Maryland’s top 25 seniors, many of whom are heads of Power 5 colleges.
The one who hurt de la Salle the most was Sophomore.
Quarterback Michael Van Brain threw every big throw in the first half, most of it to senior Malik Baker, who caught seven passes before the 140-yard break.
Van Brain finished with 250 yards and four TDs.
Visitors saw an early touchdown on de la Salle when Grant Wells made a foul and returned it 78 yards to St. Francis 4.
Students packing bleachers in the East End Zone waved their white rally towels, like moment by moment, everything was fine for de la salle.
On the next snap, AJ Bianchina entered the final zone for a 7-0 lead.
But St. Francis responded quickly and he scored and eventually made 28-7 cushions.
When Bianchina scored again late in the fourth half for 11 yards in the fourth half, de la Salle made the deficit 28-14.
But St. Francis needed less than a minute to score again as Van Brain put it back in his pocket and dropped a 52-yard bomb on Baker for another touchdown.
The Panthers took a 35-14 lead at half time.
“We needed a lot of things tonight,” said DLS lineman Derek Thompson. “We made a lot of mistakes.” Too many punishments. Too much blown cover. ”
St. Francis went to their ground game to start the second half and Taron Kellman answered the call, running 50 yards in the middle for a touchdown that made it 42-14 early in the third quarter. ۔
This was St. Francis’ last score.
But Charles Greer’s two quick touchdowns were not enough to cover the huge deficit for de la Salle.
“For us, we’re on the ground and we’re going to keep the game tough,” Alumbag said. “We couldn’t stop them in the first half.”