Concord's De La Salle shines in 'When the Game Stands Tall'

Concord's De La Salle High School catapulted to national fame after its football team won a record 151-games in-a-row.
Concord's De La Salle High School catapulted to national fame after its football team won a record 151-games in-a-row. The school and its program are now immortalized on the silver screen with a movie that opens in theaters Friday, August 22.

"When the Game Stands Tall" tells the story of the legendary De La Salle High School football Spartans.

"We try to approach football in, kind of, like a under the radar-type way. And we want to teach our kids how to be humble and how to be, you know, good about their successes and not be boastful and things like that," said former De La Salle head coach Bob Ladouceur.

The movie picks up after the historic 151-game win streak came to an end at the hands of Washington's Bellevue High School. It was a loss that didn't really change the program.

"The only thing different is the streak itself. We really haven't changed anything. We don't do anything different, but our philosophy and our approach to everything is exactly the same," said Ladouceur.

Ladouceur is played by Jim Caviezel while former defensive coordinator Terry Eidson is portrayed by "The Shield" star Michael Chiklis.

"Michael Chiklis and Terry are twin brothers. Believe me, I watched them for two days," said Ladouceur.

"We hit it off right away. I mean, yeah, we're similar, we're excitable. Coach Lad and Terry work together like salt and pepper. You know, the just, they're very different. But fundamentally, philosophically, they're very, very much the same," said Chiklis.

The credo that Ladouceur and Eidson preach to their players is the concept of "Spartans for Life," a philosophy that bonds the young men who strap on the Spartans helmet.

"I'm really proud of the efforts and commitments our kids have put in through all the years. So, I think the movie, I think does a good job of honoring those players that have gone through our programs. That, I'm pretty happy about that," said Eidson.
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