Streak Over: De La Salle Loses

It probably turned a few heads when our Preseason National Football Top 25 came out and <b>De La Salle High (Calif.)</b> was not atop the rankings for the first time this decade. Turns out, we knew what we were doing. De La Salle's national-record 151-game winning streak came to an end Saturday night against No. 19 <b>Bellevue High (Wash.)</b>.<br>

The longest winning streak in the history of high school football — and possibly the most incredible record in scholastic history — ended Saturday night when De La Salle High (Calif.) lost to Bellevue High (Wash.), 39-20, in a battle between nationally ranked football teams at Seattle's Qwest Field.

No. 2 De La Salle entered the contest with a national-record 151-game winning streak and had gone undefeated the past 12 seasons. The last time the Spartans lost a game was Dec. 7, 1991 in the North Coast Section championship game — when this year's seniors were in kindergarten.

However, with only five starters returning from last season's national championship team, De La Salle looked vulnerable this year. And Bellevue, ranked No. 19 in the Preseason National Football Top 25, took advantage.

Senior running back J.R. Hasty led the Wolverines to the upset win, rushing for 271 yards and scoring four touchdowns.

Though the victory for Bellevue is considered an upset, it's not like the Wolverines were a Cinderella squad. Bellevue is the three-time defending Class 3A state champion and returns 13 starters from last year's team. The three straight state titles is an all-class state record in Washington.

And now Bellevue has made history again, ending a national-record streak that may never be approached again.

"Their coaching staff and players did a great job in every facet and gave us schemes we had never seen," De La Salle head coach Bob Ladouceur told the Associated Press after the game. "We got beat by a better football team tonight. If we played them tomorrow, they'd beat us again."

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