The answer to that question was a resounding NO as the Spartans rolled over Buchanan 56-14 in a game that wasn't as close as the score would indicate. De La Salle showed they don't need an All-American linebacker to be effective as the defense completely dominated the game and held Buchanan to just 15 total yards in the entire 1st half. In fact, Buchanan was down 49-0 before scoring their fist points against the Spartans second teamers midway through the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame bound and two time All-State lineman Derek Landri controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and the Spartan secondary was able to shut down Student Sports Hot 100 selection Antwuan Smith. Smith was held without a touch in the first half although he did tack on late touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Offensively, Spartan quarterback Matt Gutierrez completed 8-13 passes for a 113 yards and one touchdown. Gutierrez connected with wide receiver De'Montae Fitzgerald on a 24 yard score in what was his only pass attempt in the second half. Running back Elijah Bradley had his coming out party rushing for 127 yards on just eight carries and one touchdown and also had a 61 yard interception return for a score in the second half. Ironically, it was in the Buchanan game a year ago where Bradley fumbled twice and didn't see much action at running back the rest of the season.
The interception return by Bradley was one of two the Spartans returned for scores as Matt Cavanaugh had a 48 yard pick that he took to the house in the second half.
The win improved the Spartans nation leading winning streak to 114 games and with a bye next week, De La Salle will have a week to prepare for Mater Dei when the Monarchs come to Stockton for a big SoCal-NorCal clash at the University of Pacific.
Mater Dei is likely the only team with a chance of upsetting the Spartans before De La Salle takes on Long Beach Poly October 5 in a matchup of the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams.