LIVERMORE -- The De La Salle High football team put an emphasis on getting its passing game going Friday night against Granada, and junior quarterback Chris Williams rose to the occasion.
Williams completed 12 of 16 passes for 190 yards and no interceptions as the Spartans rolled past Granada 48-14.
Though Williams didn't throw any touchdown passes, he rushed for four scores before exiting with the game in hand late in the third quarter.
"He did well," said De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur. "He missed some reads, but he threw the ball out into a spot where it could be caught. I wasn't displeased with how he ran the offense today. He's shown improvement. That's all we want from him."
Andrew Buckley, who caught eight passes for 144 yards, was also a big part of the improving passing game.
The Spartans' running game got the job done as well, producing 275 yards. Tiapepe Vitale led the charge with 123 rushing yards and a touchdown.
It wasn't a perfect effort -- the Spartans (4-0) lost two fumbles in the first half -- but they never punted and held Granada (3-1) to one first down in the first half.
That play, a 65-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Offill to Javonn Williams, made the score 14-7 just over two minutes into the second quarter and had the home crowd buzzing. But the Spartans responded with a 77-yard drive that Vitale ended with a 5-yard touchdown run. De La Salle cruised from there, scoring the next 34
Friday's win began the Spartans' seven-game schedule against East Bay Athletic League opponents but does not count as a league contest for either team. De La Salle is considered a freelance team this season and not eligible for the league title, but it will earn the EBAL's automatic bid to the North Coast Section championships.