In a game that played out like a Hollywood movie, the storyline of Serra’s (San Mateo, Calif.) 24-21 victory over De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) was apt and clear: The student became the teacher.
Head Coach Patrick Walsh has been a part of the Serra Padres program since 2001, during which time he has earned many accolades from a CIF State Championship to Coach of the Year honors to multiple WCAL, CCS and NorCal championships.
But none of the accomplishments included beating Northern California powerhouse De La Salle, where coach Walsh went to high school.
And not only did he go there, so did Walsh excellent there.
In three seasons, his team went 38-1, the start of the Spartans’ infamous dynasty that would end with 151 straight wins over 11 years. For his part, Walsh amassed over 4,000 yards with 70 touchdowns during his time with the Spartans, a tenure that included being named one of the 1992 California High School Players of the Year.
On top of that, he was also valedictorian of the class of 1993.
His football journey moved to college and would eventually land at De La Salle. This time as a coach, a position he held until the 2001 season when he joined Serra.
Some two decades later — and zero wins against their alma mater — the 2022 Padres stared at a field goal after coming back from 17 points down in the second half to make history: To beat De La Salle Spartans.
And a scene:
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