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CONCORD — The number 56 is not a good one in the recent annals of the De La Salle football program, but for a time this offseason the number was everywhere.

In the locker room, the weight room, anywhere the players could see it.

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Last December — on the state’s biggest high school football stage, the Open Division championship — De La Salle yielded an astounding 56 points while losing soundly to St. John Bosco of Bellflower.

To motivate the guys this offseason, some coaches taped the number around campus.

“Obviously it was probably the most in school history,” linebacker Henry To’oto’o said. “We carry that on our back, kind of a chip on our shoulder. Come back harder and faster this year.”

Practice for the new season officially began Monday, with players pumping iron before slipping on the pads and heading to the field.

Last year, De La Salle had to reload on the fly as only one starter returned from the team that won the state Open Division championship in 2015.

This season, the Bay Area juggernaut has 17 starters back from a squad that rolled down the stretch before losing to Bosco 56-33.

The familiar faces back …read more

Source:: East Bay – Sports

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