Saturday, June 18, 2011

Joe Knows Winning!

Catching up with #14
Catching up with #14

Joe Aliotti was one of the most successful and popular players ever at Boise State, helping the Broncos win the Division I-AA National Championship in 1980. What has Joe been up to?

Joe Aliotti was one of the best field generals ever to put on a Bronco uniform. Look up “leader” in the dictionary and you should find a picture of Aliotti next to it. He defines the term. Joe had great talent, to be sure, but what endeared him the most to Bronco fans was his enthusiasm. You would always see Joe jumping up and down or running full blast to his teammates to congratulate them after a big play.

“Winner” is another term for Joe Aliotti. Coming to Boise State in 1979 as a junior college transfer, he only had two years to make his mark at the school. Oh, how he did.

In ’79, the Broncos were 10-1 but were ineligible due to a scouting violation the previous year. The following year, Aliotti led a determined group to a 10-3 season, culminating in a thrilling come-from-behind 31-29 victory over Eastern Kentucky to win the Division I-AA National Championship.

After EKU had taken a 29-24 lead, Boise State took over with just 59 seconds remaining. Aliotti led the team down the field to the 13 yard-line. After three unsuccessful throws, his scrambling to avoid defenders on fourth down bought Joe enough time to find tight end Duane Dlouhy wide open in the left corner of the end zone with 12 seconds left. Aliotti hit 24 of 41 passes that afternoon for 358 yards.

Aliotti hit 63.6% of his passes (278-437) for 32 touchdowns and had an interception ratio of just 3.43%. Aliotti was a unanimous All-Big Sky selection in 1979, earning offensive MVP for the league and Kodak All-America honors. Big Sky coaches also tabbed him all-league in 1980.

Aliotti still ranks ninth all-time with 32 career TD passes and 10th all-time with 278 career completions despite only playing two years. Joe is third in career passing efficiency with a rating of 147.43 and fifth at Boise State with the 3.43% interception ratio. He is sixth in passing efficiency for a single season with a 159.72 rating in 1979.

As has been the case with so many of those championship players, Aliotti too has gone on to have tremendous success after graduating. Aliotti earned his B.A. in physical education from Boise State and then furthered his studies with a Masters degree in educational administration from Cal State Hayward.

Aliotti is now the offensive coach and Dean of Students for the De La Salle High School Spartans.De La Salle, located 30 miles northeast of San Francisco in Concord is one of the premier high school football teams in the nation over the last two decades.

Aliotti joined DLS as an educator and assistant football coach in 1998. The school currently has a student body of 1050 students and 99% of its graduates continue on to college. De La Salle is considered by many to be a six-time National Champion, five of which have come during Aliotti’s tenure. USA Today, Student Sports Magazine, Fox Fab 50 and the Tony Poll have all placed DLS at the top in their rankins. ESPN voted them #1 in the nation in 1994, USA Today placed DLS at the top in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 and National Sports News Service put them #1 in 1999. The Spartans have won California state championships 12 times (1992, 1994-2003 and 2007). They have played in the CIF Section championship game in every year of its existence.

Aliotti arrived at De La Salle midway through one of the most remarkable dynasties in sports history. DLS not only broke but shattered the national record for consecutive victories, winning a mind-blowing 151 games in a row from 1992-2003. The Spartans more than doubled the existing record of 72 that had been held by Hudson, Michigan for 22 years.

Aliotti helped DLS win their 18th consecutive and 25th overall Northern California section championship last season as the Spartans routed Pittsburg, the very high school where Aliotti played prior to coming to Boise State.

Nearly all of the Spartan players continue at the collegiate level. Former Spartans now in the NFL include Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer, Denver first-round draft pick D.J. Williams, Detroit Lions guard David Loverne and Jets kicker Doug Brien. UCLA running back Maurice Drew also played for Aliotti at De La Salle, as did Michigan starting quarterback Matt Guitierrez.

The De La Salle football team was the subject of two 2003 books. One Great Game: Two Teams, Two Dreams, in the First Ever National Championship High School Football Game by Don Wallace and follows the undefeated 2001 season and national championship showdown with Long Beach Polytechnic High School and focuses on both schools. The second book entitled When the Game Stands Tall is by Contra Costa Times sportswriter Neil Hayes, who joined the team for practices, meetings and games during the 2002 season. Former Oakland Athletics manager Tony LaRussa wrote the forward for that book.

Wallace also wrote about De La Salle and Ladouceur in an article called "The Soul of a Sports Machine." published in the October 2003 edition of Fast Company magazine. De La Salle has already sent Boise State at least one player, defensive back Ryan Brinkley, who played for the Broncos in 1997, 1998 and 2000.

De La Salle’s remarkable 151 consecutive victories:

1992 13-0 (outscored opponents 629-112—won California State Championship by beating Pittsburg 41-6)

1993 13-0 (outscored opponents 629-120—won CIF Section Championship with a 46-14 win over Pinole Valley)

1994 13-0 (outscored opponents 589-115—won California State Championship with a 35-0 shutout over James Logan)

1995 13-0 (outscored opponents 620-159—won California State Championship with a 35-14 win over Pittsburg)

1996 12-0 (outscored opponents 594-53—won California State Championship by beating Pittsburg 35-7)

1997 12-0 (outscored opponents 618-104—won California State Championship by beating James Logan 35-15)

Joe Aliotti’s time at DLS during winning streak--

1998 12-0 (outscored opponents 567-129—won California State Championship with a 42-0 shutout of Pinole Valley)

1999 12-0 (outscored opponents 594-130—won California State Championship by beating San Leandro 38-14)

2000: 13-0 (outscored opponents 591-154—won California State Championship with a 49-13 win over San Leandro)

2001: 12-0 (outscored opponents 567-96—won California State Championship by beating San Leandro 48-13)

2002: 13-0 (outscored opponents 540-102—won California State Championship with a 42-14 win over San Leandro)

2003; 13-0 (outscored opponents 531-65—won California State Championship with a 39-0 win over Pittsburg)

2004: 8-3-2 (won CIF Section Championship)

2005: 11-2 (won CIF Section Championship)

2006; 13-1 (won CIF Section Championship, lost to Canyon 27-13 in State Championship game)

2007: 13-0 (won California State Championship with a 37-31 win over Centennial Corona)

2008: 12-2 (won CIF Section Championship, lost to Centennial Corona 21-16 in State Championship game)

2009: 13-2 (won California State Championship with a 28-14 win over Crenshaw) 

Where Are They Now? Steven Muse

Muse helped Boise State to its first-ever Big Sky Conference Track Championship in 1989, winning conference titles in both the shot put and discus.

Muse is now the Customer Relations Manager of Idaho Power for the Southeast Region (based in Pocatello).  Muse has worked for Idaho Power for 21 years.

Three Undefeated Teams Remain in Simulation Football League

Just three teams are still unbeaten in the Simulation Football League after four weeks.  The 2006 Broncos are the last unbeaten team in the Boise State Division, while Miami of Florida and USC are 5-0 in the Championship Division.

Here are the Standings:

Boise State Division
1.    2006 Boise State 5-0 (167 points, 100 allowed)
2.    2009 Boise State 4-1 (243-147)
3.    2003 Boise State 3-2 (150-122)
3.    2002 Boise State 3-2 (196-159)
3.    2010 Boise State 3-2 (203-151)
6.    2008 Boise State 2-3 (120-144)
6.    2007 Boise State 1-4 (131-196)
8.    2004 Boise State 1-4 (116-176)
8.    2005 Boise State 1-4 (104-211)
10.  2001 Boise State 0-5 (107-218)

Championship Division
1.    2001 Miami of Florida 5-0 (189-80)
1.    2004 USC 5-0 (187-105)
3.    2005 Texas 4-1 (169-130)
4.    2009 Alabama 4-1 (155-95)
4.    2008 Florida 3-2 (163-134)
6.    2002 Ohio State 2-3 (84-108)
7.    2003 LSU 1-4 (96-146)
7.    2006 Florida 1-4 (118-156)
7.    2007 LSU 1-4 (92-154)
10.  2010 Auburn 1-4 (85-150)  

Weaver Will Visit Boise State

Ben Weaver, a 6-1, 225-pound linebacker from Klein Collins High School in Texas, is leaving for a set of visits that will take him to Boise State.  Weaver will also visit Texas Tech and California on his trip.  He is the high school teammate of Bronco commit Shane Rhodes.

Top Teams Continue to Win in Simulation Football League

2004 USC 30, 2002 Ohio State 10
Matt Leinart, the #3 passer in the Simulation Football League, completed 26-of-36 passes for 326 yards as USC blitzed the 2002 Ohio State team 30-10.  Leinart, who came into the game behind only 2009 Kellen Moore and Ryan Dinwiddie from 2003, was razor sharp.

This one was never close as USC turned 3 Buckeye turnovers into points and the bend-but-don't-break Trojan defense held the Buckeyes to a touchdown and a field goal.  Reggie Bush and LenDale White each rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown to lead the Trojan ground attack.  Steve Smith was Leinart's top target with 5 receptions for 73 yards.

Craig Krenzel was 20-34 for 199 yards and a touchdown but he also threw two costly picks.  Jason Leach and Josh Pinkard recorded the interceptions that stopped Ohio State from scoring.  Maurice Clarett gained 136 yards on 24 carries to lead all rushers.

The Trojans advance to 5-0 on the season while Ohio State is now 2-3.

2010 Boise State 41, 2004  Boise State 16
The 2010 Broncos broke open a close game by outscoring the Liberty Bowl team 24-3 in the second half to push their SFL record to 3-2.

"Coach Pete gave us a great talk at halftime," quarterback Kellen Moore said.  "He got on us a bit and that's what we needed to get us going."

Moore threw for two second half touchdowns, after going the entire first half without a scoring pass.  Doug Martin, the SFL's third-leading rusher, also turned it up a notch with 75 of his 92 yards coming in the second half.  Martin scored two touchdowns and Jeremy Avery led the Broncos with 11 carries for 142 yards and a touchdown, including an amazing 69-yard run with 3:22 left in the first half.

Moore finished with 23-35 passing for 295 yards and best of all, no interceptions.  Austin Pettis (5-77) and Titus Young (5-66) once again proved too tough for the opposition to stop.

Meanwhile, the 2004 Boise State team (1-4 on the season) could find the end zone just once, and that came on a 7-yard pass from Jared Zabransky to Derek Schouman with 1:29 left in the half.  Lee Marks gained just 32 yards on 17 carries against the tough-as-nails 2010 Bronco defense while Zabransky managed just 18 on 14 carries.  The 2004 Broncos were just 3 of 15 on third-down tries.

2006 Boise State 38, 2007 Boise State 33
Once again, the Fiesta Bowl Champions had a close call but once again, they emerged victorious.

Ian Johnson, the #3 rusher in the SFL, ran for 148 yards and two scores to lead the 2006 Broncos, while the leading rusher for the '07 team was Ian Johnson with 157 yards and 3 scores.

"I was seeing double out there," Bronco coach Chris Petersen said after the game.  "I kept seeing Ian running the ball out there.  He would run for a chunk of yards one way, then turn around and run the ball up the field the other way.  I don't know what either team would have done without him."

Brett Denton contributed 53 yards for the winners, including a 35-yard run that set up a 7-yard pass from Jared Zabransky to Jerard Rabb in the third quarter that would prove to be the game-winner.  That put the 2006 team up 38-24.  The 2007 Broncos rallied with a Kyle Brotzman field goal and an IJ 16-yard run with 4:18 remaining to close to within five.  A two-point conversion failed as the 2007 team tried to run a play they called "Statue Left" with Johnson taking the ball from behind quarterback Taylor Tharp.

The 2006 Bronco defense was not fooled and tackled Johnson at the 5.  "We had seen that play before," laughed safety Marty Tadman.

Tharp did finish 25-42 for 306 yards to lead his team on the verge of an upset.  Jeremy Childs, one of the top receivers in the SFL, grabbed 8 Tharp aerials for 76 yards.  A Korey Hall interception of Tharp with 23 seconds remaining ended the upset bid and the 2006 Broncos remained unbeaten at 5-0.  The 2007 Boise State team dropped to 1-4 with the loss.

2005 Texas 44, 2003 Boise State 27
Shocked by a 14-0 deficit, Texas came back strong to record a 44-27 victory over the 2003 Boise State team this afternoon.

Texas put up 24 points in the second quarter to run into halftime with a 31-21 lead.  The Longhorns then slapped on the defense, holding Boise State to just 6 points in the second half.  Boise State won the battle of statistics but lost the game.  The Broncos picked up 26 first downs to 18 for Texas and had 429 yards to 381 for the Longhorns.  

Jamaal Charles gained 104 yards on 14 carries for Texas, which also benefited from a 55-yard punt return as the first half was ending.  

Ryan Dinwiddie tossed 4 touchdowns and was 32-44 for 357 yards, but it wasn't enough.  Dinwiddie spread the ball to 10 receivers, with Tim Gilligan (5-67 yards and a TD) and T.J. Acree (5-54) leading the receivers. Dinwiddie leads the SFL in TD passes with 19.  David Mikell gained 76 yards on the ground for the Broncos.

2001 Miami of Florida 44, 2006 Florida 13
The two rivals from the Sunshine State met, but it was lopsided.

Clinton Portis, the SFL's top rusher, gained 135 yards while Ken Dorsey found Ethenic Sands (4-89) and Kevin Beard (3-80) for TD's.

DeShawn Wynn paced the Gators with 76 yards rushing while Chris Leak was 22-35 for 284 yards but no touchdowns.

2009 Boise State 46, 2007 LSU 13
Jeremy Avery scored four touchdowns as the 2009 Boise State team put a hurt on the 2007 LSU team 46-13 this afternoon.

Avery, who ran for five scores two weeks ago in a 62-30 rout of the 2005 Broncos and is the SFL's top scorer with 60 points, added to his total in running wild on the Tiger defense.  Avery picked up 126 yards and 3 touchdowns and also caught a Kellen Moore's TD pass as well.  Doug Martin got the tough inside yards, finishing the game with 72 yards on 8 carries.  Boise State amassed 522 yards in the victory.  Austin Pettis (5-88), Kyle Efaw (5-65) and Titus Young (5-57) each caught five passes to lead the Broncos.  Kellen Moore finished 24-40 for 316 yards.  Jeron Johnson aided Boise State's defensive effort with 2 interceptions.

Early Doucet, tied for the SFL receiving lead, did nothing to hurt his cause with 7 catches for 69 yards.  Keiland Williams was LSU's top ball carrier with 84 yards rushing.

Boise State advanced to 4-1 while the Tigers are now 1-4.

2002 Boise State 36, 2003 LSU 14
The 2002 Boise State team dominated the line of scrimmage in a 36-14 pasting of "National Champion" LSU this afternoon.

The Broncos accumulated 432 yards of total offense while holding the Tigers to just 288.  LSU rushed 38 times for 42 yards.  Meanwhile, Brock Forsey went over the 100-yard mark for the third time this season with 120 yards while the passing attack led by Ryan Dinwiddie sizzled.  Dinwiddie completed 22-of-34 passes for 279 yards and 3 scores, with Billy Wingfield grabbing 5 catches for 83 yards.  Nick Calaycay got in the act with three field goals.

Meanwhile, the Bronco defense feasted on LSU quarterback Matt Mauck, getting five sacks and two interceptions (Gabe Franklin got both).  Franklin now has six interceptions in five games to lead the SFL.  Mauck finished 19-31 for 246 yards and a touchdown in addition to the two picks.  Michael Clayton was the lone offensive star with 5 catches for 97 yards and a TD.  The 2002 Bronco defense held Justin Vincent, the SFL's seventh-leading rusher, to 24 yards on 14 carries.

2009 Alabama 41, 2008 Boise State 27
The 2009 National Champions raced out to a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter and Boise State was not able to recover.

The Crimson Tide ground game was too much.  Even though Boise State had two backs gain over 100 themselves, they couldn't match Mark Ingram, who took Alabama on his back to the tune of 240 yards and a touchdown.  Ingram came into the game fourth in the SFL with 520 yards.  Trent Richardson also excelled with 61 yards and a TD on just 12 carries.  

Jeremy Avery continued his torrid running for the Broncos with 121 yards, including a 71-yarder, while Ian Johnson had 110 yards and two touchdowns.  Jeremy Childs was the leading receiver in the game with 7 catches for 63 yards.

2010 Auburn 24, 2001 Boise State 21
Cam Newton ran it in from 9 yards out with 1:42 left as the "defending national champion" Auburn Tigers finally got off the snide with a 24-21 win over winless Boise State.

"It was a game where someone finally had to win a game and I'm glad it was us," said a thrilled Newton after the game.

Auburn won the game despite being outgained 442-353.  Newton gained 109 yards and scored 2 touchdowns on the ground and threw for another 118.  Michael Dyer had a solid game as well with 91 yards and a touchdown.

Brock Forsey did all he could with 175 yards rushing (on 26 carries) and all 3 touchdowns for the Broncos.  It was Forsey's finest game of the SFL season to date.

2008 Florida 47, 2005 Boise State 17
Florida ran out to a 20-0 lead and was never headed as the Gators pounced on Boise State 47-17.

Chris Rainey ran for three touchdowns and  Jonathan Phillips booted four field goals in the rout, as Bronco Coach Dan Hawkins emptied his bench in search of answers.  Rainey finished with 13 carries for 139 yards, while Emmanuel Moody also found the going to his liking with 90 yards and another score.  Ian Johnson was the leading rusher for Boise State with 66 yards.

Florida is now 3-2 in the Championship Division while the Broncos slipped to 1-4.

The Top 100 Albums of All-Time in the Rock Era

On my music blog, we are revealing The Top 100 Albums of the Rock Era*, based on a mathematical formula that I devised and not a list that someone wishes were the Top Albums (aka Rolling Stone's list).