Another solid defensive performance was aided by a host of big plays as the De La Salle High football team cruised to a 52-7 win over host Granada in an East Bay Athletic League contest Friday night.
De La Salle (8-0, 5-0 EBAL) saw continued development in key places, most notably in the offensive and defensive backfields.
On offense, Joe Te'o continued to make strides as the Spartans' No. 2 running back. He caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Bart Houston, rushed for 49 yards on just five carries and continued to show flashes of great talent.
"He ran with some power, showed a couple good cuts. He had a good game," De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur said. "A lot of kids contributed tonight, and I like that."
Another player that made the most of his opportunity was backup quarterback Michael Parros. Parros played the entire second half and rushed for 137 yards, including touchdown runs of 82 and 20 yards.
The Spartans defensive secondary also continued its improvement, with Scott Herting, Austin Rainey and Nico VanderKlugt all intercepting a pass. Herting, a starting safety, has played particularly well in recent weeks and now has four interceptions to lead the team.
"We've been trying to study a lot harder throughout the week, watching film and studying our scout (team)," Herting said. "We work hard trying to know our opponent."
Granada (5-3, 2-3) scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter when Rich McWilliams found Eddie Horn for a 24-yard touchdown pass. The Matadors' night was made tougher when star George Atkinson III had to leave the game midway through the second quarter with what coach Tim Silva called a strained right Achilles tendon.
"(De La Salle) is extremely good, but I'm disappointed in our effort," Silva said. "We have a great group of kids, but we didn't play with good energy."