LU MAGIA HEARNS De La Salle Football Named SportStar of the Week
Playing against the program that his dad starred for 25 years ago, Lu Magia Hearns delivered an electric five-minute sequence that helped the De La Salle Spartans defeat Pittsburg 49-7 in the North Coast Section Division I championship game on Nov. 29.
De La Salle Spartans win NCS D1 Championship
With three minutes left in the first half, Hearns took a screen pass and found daylight down the left sideline for a 61-yard touchdown. On the third play of Pittsburg’s ensuing possession, Hearns intercepted Jerry Johnson’s pass and returned it 60 yards for a 35-0 De La Salle halftime lead. The Spartans (12-1) have now won 28 consecutive NCS titles. They will once again represent Northern California in the CIF Open Division State Bowl game on Dec. 14.
In our SportStars 2018 FINAL NORCAL RANKS and OUTLOOK, De La Salle’s Hearns was named a top receiving target for the Spartans QB. Here’s our piece on DLS and Lu Magia:
The Spartans enter 2019 with 27 straight North Coast Section championships, 10 straight CIF Open Division State Bowl game appearances, and a 299-game unbeaten streak against NorCal opponents. This year’s squad returns skill players throughout the offense, including senior Shamar Garrett, a three-year starting all-purpose back and free safety. Dual-threat junior QB Dorian Hale also returns, as does his top two receiving targets, senior Grant Daley and junior Lu Magia Hearns. The secondary will be a major strength on defense, with linebackers being the most inexperienced group to start the year.
KEY GAMES: ST. THOMAS AQUINAS-FT. LAUDERDALE (Florida), 8/23; @ No. 2 Folsom, 9/13; BUCHANAN-CLOVIS, 9/20; @ No. 11 Monte Vista-Danville, 10/4; @ No. 10 Clayton Valley Charter-Concord 11/1
PHOTO CREDIT: David Gershon