At long last, the contracts have been signed.
"The I's got dotted and the T's crossed," De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
athletic director Leo Lopoz said. "It's finally official."
De La Salle will host perennial national football power and South Carolina mainstay Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
Sept. 12 at Owen Owens Field in Concord.
The two schools have been negotiating for more than a month, but the date, travel costs and television deal were at last finalized.
"It's a great matchup," Lopoz said. "A lot of things had to happen to make this work, but the stars were aligned."
Byrnes has won 11 state championship, winning four in five years starting in 2007 when the team went 15-0. Its star running back that season was current San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore.
Since 2004, Byrnes has won 129 games against 15 defeats. In the same time, De La Salle is 127-12.
De La Salle returns a number of key players from its state-runner-up 14-1 squad including junior All-American Kahlil Mckenzie
and sophomore All-American Boss Tagaloa
, both two-way linemen. Byrnes returns its top running back Isaiah Hill
and second-leading receiver Tavin Richardson
This is De La Salle's first out-of-state opponent since a 30-13 home win over visiting Mullen (Denver, Colo.) in Week 2 of the 2012 season.
The Spartans had a long history of playing at least one out-of-state opponent, but with the advent of the Bowl Game and eventual 15-game schedule, Lopoz said the program isn't as anxious to travel long distances. Class time and finances are major factors of staying closer to home.
Byrnes has traveled all over the East Coast over the last five or six years, but has never ventured west of the Mississippi River. This will definitely be new territory.