CONCORD -- The De La Salle High football team came into Friday's contest with Monte Vista unbeaten but -- as senior running back Tiapepe Vitale put it -- feeling like it hadn't yet played a complete "Spartan game."
Against one of the East Bay's top teams, the Spartans finally delivered.
De La Salle dominated on both sides the ball, totaling 423 yards and keeping Monte Vista out of the end zone in its 41-9 win at Owen Owens Field.
"I was really happy with the way we played," De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur said. "We played aggressive on both sides of the ball, our runners were great tonight and ran with a lot of passion. Our offensive line blocked well. It was a good game for us.
"They should be excited about how they played today."
Vitale rushed for a season-high 202 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. Das Tautalatasi sparked the De La Salle running game early, breaking off several long runs. He finished with 118 rushing yards on 10 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown.
The Spartans grabbed the momentum at the start when they forced a Monte Vista fumble on the opening kickoff. Quarterback Chris Williams connected with Andrew Buckley six plays later for a 7-0 De La Salle lead.
Williams attempted just three passes all game, but two went for touchdowns. Williams also found Austin Lonestar over the middle for a 40-yard touchdown 6.5 seconds before halftime to give De La Salle a 28-3 lead at the break.
The Mustangs (6-2), who had been averaging 36 points and 379 yards a game, managed just 171 against De La Salle (8-0). John DeMaio gave the Mustangs all their points on field goals of 34, 39 and 39 yards.
Defensive end Austin Hooper and linebacker D.J. Moffitt returned from injury for De La Salle, helping key the strong defensive effort.
"This is how our team should play," Vitale said. "We should feel confident and carry this throughout the rest of the season."