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De La Salle Makes a Statement With Win Over SFGG

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De La Salle Makes a Statement With Win Over SFGG

Jon Puckett goes on a run for De La Salle. MIchael Taft photo.

De La Salle put down a bit of a marker this week with a 24-3 defeat of then #13-ranked SFGG in Northern California.

It was a tight, competitive game, but De La Salle did well to hold SFGG away from the tryline.

The game itself was very tight in the early going as SFGG attacked wide, making DLS scramble. The De La Salle defenders did well to keep the composure despite not seeing this kind of attack all season.

De La Salle did try to opened it up, too and eventually got over the line only to see the try called back for a forward pass. Another was called back due to inadvertent referee interference, but it was clear De La Salle were knocking on the door. Finally, DLS center Jake Lucas found a game and was to the five-meter line. Sophomore prop Chase Tofaeono picked it up out of the ruck and carried a few SFGG defenders over the line for the first try of the day. Flyhalf Mario Storti hit the conversion and it was 7-0 Spartans. Then center JJ Tofaeono burst through the line on a crashball and from there Lucas followed on. Togaeono then picked up from the ruck to finish it off and it was 12-0. The first half ended that way.

In the second half, the wind was at the backs of SFGG and they used it brilliantly to pin DLS in their territory, and when they had to tackle they were quick to steal ball in the breakdown. De La Salle was starting to give up penalties, and eventually SFGG punished De La Salle with a penalty goal to make it 12-3. 

That's how it remained until about midway through the second half. De La Salle then got a scrum five meters from the SFGG line. Storti switched with Tofaeono and the center linked with Tyler Henry, who charged over. 

Storti was good on the conversion and it was 19-3. Ten minutes later wing Nathan Vanderklugt charged through for 30 meters. He was tackled but the forwards were there in support and Henry picked up and scored.

SFGG never gave up and kept applying pressure but the Spartans defense held strong.  Another potential try for DLS was called back, but overall the Spartans showed they are very strong this spring.

Jon Puckett and Mario Storti were named players of the game.