PITTSBURG -- Suddenly, the football team noted for its prolific offense showed it also can play a little defense.
For the second straight week, Monte Vista put together an outstanding defensive effort, good enough to rout host Pittsburg 44-14 on Friday night.
The Mustangs (3-0) controlled the game from the start, scoring 31 points before halftime while not allowing the Pirates (1-2) past midfield.
"Whenever you play Pitt, it's a big game," said Monte Vista coach Craig Bergman. "They're a well-coached team with great athletes. I think we did a good job of not letting them get any momentum early."
After scoring 74 points in their first two games of the season, the Pirates were shut out and held to just 37 yards in the first half by Monte Vista.
Pittsburg looked as if it might seize some momentum when Jamal Lockett scored on a 27-yard run on the opening drive of the second half. But the Mustangs responded with a long scoring drive of their own, then forced punts on the Pirates' next two possessions.
Nico Zamora made perhaps the Mustangs' top defensive play, intercepting Pittsburg quarterback Lorenzo Renteria in the second quarter and returning the ball 28 yards for Monte Vista's third touchdown of the night.
Zack Chang rushed for 80 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns.