CONCORD (CBS Sports/MaxPreps) -- To begin the 2013 football season, De La Salle finds itself in a familiar position: On top of the high school football world.
The Spartans will take on hard-hitting Clayton Valley Charter High on Friday night to open their season.
De La Salle, the Bay Area juggernaut that has become the nation's most well-known football team, appears primed to stay on top.
Loaded line play on both sides of the ball, a returning quarterback and emerging skill athletes could be a recipe for another perfect season for the Spartans.
Offensively, it starts up front with Larry Allen III, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound specimen who leads a unit that also features Sumner Houston, Boss Tagaloa and Drew Sullivan.
It should be one of the bigger De La Salle offensive lines in recent years.
Underrated quarterback Chris Williams will be back behind center. He accounted for 29 total touchdowns last year, but his knowledge of the team's offense - as well as continuity at the position - is the greatest value he adds for De La Salle.
The defensive line will feature Tagaloa and Sullivan, and is buoyed by a big addition from Wisconsin, Kahlil McKenzie, who moved to the Bay Area after his father Reggie took the Raiders general manager job.
Head coach Justin Alumbaugh will need to replace Michael Hutchings at linebacker, but 6-4 athlete Devin Asiasi, only a sophomore, looks the part.
Das Tautalatasi, who will likely see most of the carries on offense, will anchor the secondary.
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