In winning 151 consecutive games, the Spartans had averaged a victorious margin of 49-7. The rout ran the other way, however, for the Concord, Calif., school on a rainy 2004 season opener against Bellevue (Skyline, Wash.) at Qwest Field in Seattle. The final was 39-20, De La Salle's first loss since 1991. While schools across the country have since tried to match the streak (Independence of Charlotte, N.C. bowed out at 109 in September 2007; Smith Center in Kansas fell after 79 last fall), the Spartans figure to be atop the list for a long time.
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