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Pittsburg-De La Salle: Can Pitt win the big one?
For the final time in his 21 seasons as Pittsburg’s head coach, Victor Galli will lead the Pirates onto a football field to play his alma mater, De La Salle.
The storybook moment in this closing chapter of Galli’s career would be an epic victory for his team Friday night in the North Coast Section Open Division championship game at Dublin High.
After 17 swings at De La Salle under Galli, it would be quite the scene if Pittsburg finally makes contact, if Pittsburg finally beats its Concord nemesis.
Galli announced this month that he will step down at the end of the season.
No matter what unfolds Friday, the coach who will be on the other sideline spoke admirably about Galli as the teams get ready for a matchup that calpreps.com’s computer projects will be close.
“I have a lot of respect for him,” DLS coach Justin Alumbaugh said, adding that successfully coaching high school football for 21 years at a public school is respect that is earned.
“They have been a really, really good team for a really long time,” Alumbaugh added. “He’s done a great job. They’re always really good. Let’s be honest, coaching at a public school is hard. Coaching at a private school is hard. Coaching in general is hard, and that dude has done it for 21 years, and he has done it at the highest level.
“I know the narrative is going to be Pitt beat us in ’91 and all of that. That’s good for high school football. This is another chance at De La Salle.”
The game Friday will be De La Salle’s 265th against an NCS opponent since Pittsburg beat the Spartans in a section championship game at the Coliseum in 1991.
DLS is 263-0-1 within its section since then, including 31-0 against Pitt.
Calpreps’ computer projects the streak will continue Friday but not by a landslide.
Its pick: De La Salle 28, Pittsburg 21.
The winner will move on to a Northern California regional. The loser will play the Clayton Valley-Liberty winner for the NCS Division I championship the following week, with the champion in that division also advancing to a …read more
Source:: The Mercury News