CONCORD -- John Velasco, Antoine Custer and the De La Salle High offense got off to a fast start and by the time they slowed down, their game with visiting Del Oro-Loomis was well in hand.

De La Salle scored on its first four possessions on its way to a 41-3 victory Friday night at Owen Owens Field against the Golden Eagles, a Sac-Joaquin Section program with a rich history and recent state bowl game appearance.

The Spartans' offensive line created massive holes for Custer, Velasco and several other running backs, and the runners didn't go down easily.

Velasco finished with 172 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns while Custer rushed for 103 and had 32 receiving.

"Both those guys ran really hard and broke a lot of tackles," De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh said. "A lot of teams cram in a lot of guys in the box against us, so it's going to be a requirement of a runner to break a tackle. I thought both those guys did a good job."

Even though Das Tautalatasi, the Spartans' top back coming into the year, is out with a dislocated elbow, his teammates have picked up the slack. The Spartans' offense had 505 total yards against Del Oro with 445 of them coming on the ground.

The offensive line also helped wear down Del Oro's linemen, many of whom play both ways.

"(The offensive line) has been tremendous," Velasco said. "They put in a lot of work, and it showed."


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While the line paved the way for Velasco and Custer to be productive, the defense kept the Golden Eagles (1-2) out of the end zone.

Del Oro's first drive was promising, but the Golden Eagles settled for a 31-yard field goal. Del Oro never reached the red zone again, and the Spartans (4-0) held them to just 108 yards the rest of the game.

"I'm happy with the improvement that we're making," Alumbaugh said. "If we continue down this path, I think we can be pretty dangerous."

The victory was the 30th in a row for De La Salle, which appears to be back to its normal self after a 21-14 win over Serra-San Mateo on Sept. 7. Last week, De La Salle rolled past host St. Mary's-Stockton 40-13.

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