De La Salle High, California and Pittsburg all offered proof Friday night that a slow start doesn't mean you're finished.
And there were at least a half dozen other prep football teams in the East Bay that saved their best for last.
Top-rated De La Salle (7-0) surprisingly had its troubles against San Ramon Valley and led the Wolves just 7-0 at halftime. This came after the Spartans had scored 167 points in their three EBAL games.
But, the Spartans' defense never wavered and gave their offense time to do some second-half damage on the way to a 28-0 win over the Wolves (4-3), who managed just 16 yards rushing.
Lucas Dunne scored two touchdowns after halftime - tying him with Northgate's Cameron Stover with an East Bay-leading 22 scores - to help De La Salle notch another piece of history. The win was the 80th consecutive league victory for the Spartans, tying them with Long Beach Poly (1994-2008) for the longest league winning streak in California history. The Spartans' streak dates back to 1989 - they weren't in a league from 1997-2007.
A win at Granada next week puts the Spartans alone in the record book.
Meanwhile, No. 2 California (7-0, 4-0 EBAL) kept pace with De La Salle by overcoming some sloppy first-half play in its 35-14 win over No. 4 Granada (5-2, 2-2).
The Grizzlies committed eight first-half penalties and didn't get things straightened out until the second half, thanks to quarterback Drew Reil, who finished with three touchdown passes.
Perhaps the epitome of overcoming a staggering start can be found at Pittsburg, where the once 0-5 Pirates are now sitting alone in first place in the Bay Valley Athletic League at 2-0 after a 20-13 upset win over No. 10 Heritage (5-2, 1-1).
"We weren't an 0-5 team," Pittsburg coach Victor Galli said. "We had to get back to the basics and eliminate the bonehead mistakes."
Here's a quick look at some other teams that didn't let stagnant starts ruin their Friday night:
Las Lomas (3-4) trailed 3-0 after the first quarter before running off 30 unanswered points to beat Dublin 30-3.
Dougherty Valley (4-3) scored 15 straight fourth-quarter points to shock Acalanes' large homecoming crowd while winning 25-21.
Liberty (3-4) rallied for a 37-27 victory over Antioch (1-6) by scoring 20 unanswered points in the second half.
John Swett (2-5) trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter before rallying for a 48-44 win over Kennedy-Richmond (2-5).
All rallies aside, it's tough to top the late theatrics that took place in Clayton. That's where No. 7 Northgate and Clayton Valley combined for 34 points in a fourth quarter which saw the lead change hands four times - three in the last three minutes of the game - before the visiting Broncos (7-0) escaped with a raucous 38-34 win in front of a standing-room homecoming crowd.
Matt Butler's touchdown with 1:06 left gave Northgate a lead that he then protected a couple plays later by intercepting a pass.
Even St. Mary's and Piedmont got into the spirit of finishing strong as the teams combined for 20 points in the final two minutes of the Panthers' 33-14 win.
Here's a look at some other action involving the Top 15 teams in the East Bay:
No. 3 Concord (6-1) got four touchdown passes from quarterback Ricky Lloyd and scored on each of its possessions while beating 0-7 Mt. Diablo 70-13. Lloyd went 14-for-18 for 193 yards and now has 30 touchdown passes, good for second in the state.
No. 6 Foothill (5-2, 2-1 EBAL) dispensed of Livermore 34-7 as Colin Kacinski rushed for three touchdowns while the Falcons tuned up for their home showdown with Monte Vista next week.
No. 7 Encinal's game at Albany was postponed when there were not enough officials on hand. The game has been tentatively rescheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. at Encinal.
Monte Vista running back Michael Sullas was more like himself in No. 8 Monte Vista's 56-28 win over No. 15 Amador Valley (3-4, 1-3 EBAL). Sullas, who missed two games with a knee infection and didn't do much on the field last week, rushed for 142 yards and scored four touchdowns to ignite a 639-yard offensive output for the Mustangs (4-3, 2-2 EBAL).
Mustangs quarterback Jeff Lockie also enjoyed a huge night, completing 17 of 21 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 15 (tied) Freedom was beaten 28-25 by Deer Valley when Wolverines running back Lamontay Marshall scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 2:25 left. The game featured five lead changes.
No. 15 (tied) Bishop O'Dowd (6-1) beat San Lorenzo 62-7 as Trent Trammell scored a career-high six touchdowns.
In some other noteworthy games Friday night:
San Leandro's 27-game HAAL winning streak came to an end when Isaiah Burks scored on a 21-yard fourth-quarter run as Arroyo (3-4) pinned a 25-16 loss on the Pirates (4-3).
American (4-4, 3-1 MVAL) turned in one of its biggest wins in the past five years as Roderick Johnson ran for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the Eagles' defense got stingy to preserve a 19-13 victory over Newark Memorial (3-4, 1-2).
Kennedy-Fremont (3-5, 1-3 MVAL) got a whopping 333 yards rushing and four touchdowns from Isaiah Cortz in its 41-0 win over Mission San Jose (1-6, 0-3).
El Cerrito's 40-0 homecoming win over De Anza was tarnished by a melee with 1:12 left in the first half that resulted in a delay of more than 30 minutes. A swarm of El Cerrito police officers broke up an altercation in the stands that resulted in at least four people being detained, and hundreds of spectators being cleared from the stadium in an effort to maintain order.
Here are the players who turned in the most impressive numbers on Friday night:
ROSS ANDERSON, Miramonte: The Matadors' quarterback went 9-for-13 for 179 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 74 yards and a TD in a 34-7 victory over Campolindo.
MILES HONENS, Miramonte: He contributed to a win over Campolindo by catching two touchdown passes and recovering a muffed punt to set up a TD.
MARQUIS WATERS, Las Lomas: The Knights' halfback rushed 15 times for 153 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown, in a win over Dublin.
RICKY LLOYD, Concord: The Minutemen's quarterback threw four TD passes to four different receivers and threw for 193 yards in the win over Mt. Diablo.
ALEC PICA, Concord: He scored four touchdowns, three rushing, in a 70-13 win over Mt. Diablo.
SHAWN VASQUEZ, Liberty: The Lions' running back rushed for 108 yards and scored a touchdown in a 37-27 win over Antioch.
ERIC OSUKA, Dougherty Valley: The Wildcats' running back scored touchdowns on back-to-back carries in the fourth quarter in a 25-21 win over host Acalanes.
CHANCE MOSES, St. Mary's: He carried 25 times for 210 yards and scored two touchdowns, including an electrifying 75-yard scoring run, in a 33-14 win over Piedmont.
JAMES CARTER, St. Mary's: Had 13 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown in a winning effort against Piedmont.
KYLE LABROI, John Swett: He scored the eventual game-winning touchdown with a 78-yard run with five minutes left in a 48-44 win over Kennedy-Richmond.
RODERICK JOHNSON, American: The Eagles' back rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-13 win over Newark Memorial.
DESHANE HINES, American: He intercepted two passes to help the Eagles hold on for a win over Newark Memorial.
COLIN KACINSKI, Foothill: The Falcons' back scored three rushing touchdowns in a 34-7 win over Livermore.
CAMERON STOVER, Northgate: The Broncos' standout had 29 rushes for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in a wild win over Clayton Valley.
MATT BUTLER, Northgate: He caught six passes for 179 yards and a TD and also rushed for 40 yards and a TD against Clayton Valley. Butler also sealed the win with and interception.
JOE PROTHROE, Clayton Valley: The Eagles' back rushed 20 timesfor 127 yards and a TD, and also threw a 53-yard TD pass in a 38-34 loss to Northgate.
D'AMORA COOPER, Freedom: The Falcons' back carried 30 times for 192 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 28-25 loss to Deer Valley.
DREW REIL, California: The Grizzlies' quarterback went 7-for-13 for 192 yards and three touchdown passes in a victory over Granada.
KYLE ALVAREZ, California: He rushed for 128 yards and caught two passes for 68 yards and also scored two TDs against Granada.
GEORGE ATKINSON III, Granada: The Matadors' star rushed 14 times for 119 yards, including a 64-yard TD run in the fourth quarter in a loss to California.
FEAO VUNIPOLA, Pittsburg: The Pirates' junior fullback carred 14 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-13 win over Heritage.
LUCAS DUNNE, De La Salle: The Spartans' star rushed for 143 yards and scored two TDs in a 28-0 win over San Ramon Valley.
MICHAEL SULLAS, Monte Vista: The Mustangs' standout rushed for 142 yards and scored four TDs in a lopsided win over Amador Valley.
JEFF LOCKIE, Monte Vista: He went 17-for-21 for 327 yards and two TDs in the Mustangs' win over Amador Valley.
JAKE ISABEL, Amador Valley: He scored three touchdowns in a loss to Monte Vista, running in two scores and catching a TD pass.
KYLE MORENO, Amador Valley: The Dons' quarterback ran for a team-high 113 yards and also passed for 150 yards in a loss to Monte Vista.
ISAIAH CORTEZ, Kennedy-Fremont: The Titans' back ran for 178 of his career-high 333 yards in the first half, and finished with four TDs in a 41-0 win over Mission San Jose.
JESSE SELLERS, Castro Valley: The Trojans' back rushed for 118 yards and scored four touchdowns in a four-minute stretch of the second half, keying a 34-14 win over Mt. Eden.
DAMION ROSBY, Castro Valley: He had a game-high 127 yards rushing and scored a touchdown in a win over Mt. Eden.
FABIAN ARRIZON, Castro Valley: The Trojans' receiver caught 10 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown against Mt. Eden.
NICKOLAS TAYLOR, Arroyo: The Dons' quarterback passed for 188 yards and two touchdwons in a 25-16 upset win over San Leandro.
MICHAEL YOUNG, Arroyo: He carried 23 times for 100 yards in a win over San Leandro.
HAROLD HALCOMB, San Leandro: The Pirates' back rushed for a game-high 131 yards and scored a TD in a loss to Arroyo.
EDWARD FUCLES, Hayward: He scored three touchdowns, including a 53-yard kickoff return, in the Farmers' big win over Tennyson.
JOHN HUGHES, Hayward: The Farmers' back rushed for 106 yards and scored two touchdowns in a win over Tennyson, including a 42-yard interception return.
TRENT TRAMMELL, Bishop O'Dowd: The Dragons' standout scored six touchdowns, four on runs and also returned an interception 26 yards for a score in a lopsided win over San Lorenzo.
JOHN RUCK, Alameda: The Hornets' backup quarterback filled in for injured starter Tom Ruckman by rushing for 123 yards and two TDs and throwing two TD passes to Safi Hasseeb in a win over Hercules.
ROBERT JOHNSON, Berkeley: He intercepted two passes and returned them for touchdowns in a big win over Richmond - his scoring returns were from 47 and 74 yards away.
MICHEAL NED, Berkeley: The Yellowjackets' back rushed for 110 of Berkeley's 263 yards on the ground in a victory over Richmond.
JAMES SAVAGE, El Cerrito: He gained 167 yards on the ground on 10 carries and scored three TDs in a win over De Anza.
BYRON THOMAS, El Cerrito: The Gauchos' quarterback went 6-for-7 for 239 yards and four touchdown passes against De Anza.
LUKE MINOR, Berean Christian: The Eagles' back ran five times for 173 yards, including an 80-yard scoring run, in a win over Valley Christian.