You can't convince San Ramon Valley High's football team that Houston has a problem.
After all, De La Salle High quarterback Bart Houston was dominant Friday night in leading the No. 1 ranked Spartans to a thorough 40-3 victory over the No. 3 Wolves.
Houston, the University of Wisconsin-bound senior who hasn't been happy with his play lately, threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns in a showdown against the Wolves and Cal-bound signal-caller Zach Kline.
"I haven't been having the greatest season I've ever had, especially compared to the last two years," Houston told Bay Area News Group writer Ben Enos. "I just had to go out and prove to everybody and myself that I'm the best quarterback on the field tonight. I think I did that."
De La Salle (7-1, 5-0 East Bay Athletic League) made things rough on Kline and the Wolves as Austin Hooper had five sacks to lead a dominating defensive performance.
Meanwhile, the biggest upset of the night was Granada's 26-22 victory over No. 3 California.
And the most intriguing game may have been No. 9 Freedom's 21-14 victory over No. 10 Deer Valley, which threw the Bay Valley Athletic League into a four-way tie for first place.
Granada's Kyle Farnady scored on a 4-yard run with 28.6 seconds left to give Granada (3-5) its first victory over California (6-2) since 2003 in stunning fashion.
The Matadors marched 65 yards on seven plays for the game-winner, with the big play coming on Jeremy Mata's 46-yard hookup with Matt Richards on fourth down.
"These guys never gave up," Granada coach Tim Silva told Bay Area News Group reporter Tony Gonsalez. "Our guys made some huge plays down the stretch, and I'm very proud of them."
Freedom's Darrell Daniels scored the game-winning touchdown with six minutes left and later sealed the victory with an interception as the Falcons (7-1, 2-1 BVAL) edged Deer Valley (4-4, 2-1).
Freedom, Deer Valley, Pittsburg and Heritage are all 2-1 after the Pirates also beat the previously undefeated Patriots on Friday.
Here's how the other Top 15 teams fared on Friday night:
No. 5 Encinal (7-1) routed St. Mary's 47-0 in a showdown for first place in the Bay Shore Athletic League as Jon Trodder rushed for 177 yards and scored three touchdowns.
No. 6 Campolindo (9-0) stayed unbeaten as quarterback Brett Stephens and receiver Griffin Piatt hooked up on three touchdown passes in a 42-25 win over Alhambra (2-6).
No. 8 Pittsburg rolled past Heritage 42-20 as Fe'ao Vunipola ran for 226 yards and scored three touchdowns.
No. 11 Concord (6-2) cruised to its sixth consecutive victory with a 40-6 win over Mt. Diablo (1-7).
Las Lomas' Adam Wood went 9-for-10 for 154 yards and three touchdown passes and Jake Villa ran for 181 yards and scored three times as the No. 13 Knights (7-1) got a 42-6 win over Dougherty Valley (3-5).
Sir-Devonta Stewart rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 14 Berkeley (5-3) to a 41-7 win over visiting Pinole Valley (5-4).
No. 15 Monte Vista (4-4) got 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns from Zack Chang in its 27-0 win over Amador Valley (4-4).
Here are some other noteworthy games from Friday:
Fremont's Sione Moli scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with six seconds left to lift the Tigers to a thrilling 23-20 win over Skyline in a game that saw Fremont rally from three second-half deficits.
Edward Achziger's last-minute, 28-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Leung on fourth down gave Dublin (5-3) a thrilling 32-29 victory over Acalanes (4-5).
Daivon Ballard ran for 184 of College Park's 411 rushing yards as the Falcons (4-4) pinned a 56-14 loss on Ygnacio Valley (1-7) that sets up next week's Diablo Valley Athletic League showdown with No. 11 Concord.
Foothill (3-5) beat Livermore (3-5) 14-13 as Ray Hudson caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Paulson with a little over a minute left as the tough-luck Cowboys have lost their last four EBAL games by 13 total points.
Deshane Hines rushed for 128 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead American (4-5) to its first on-field victory over Washington since 1987 with a 14-12 Eagles win.
Here are your individual standouts throughout the East Bay from Friday night:
SIONE MOLI, Fremont: He ran for a career-high 163 yards and scored three TDs, including the game-winner with six seconds left in a 23-20 win over Skyline.
DEWAYNE EWING JR., Skyline: Rushed for 110 yards, including a 42-yard TD run, in a loss to Fremont.
KEITH LEWIS, Oakland Tech: He scored two touchdowns on punt returns - from 50 and 40 yards - in a 47-20 win over Oakland.
JAMES LEWIS, Oakland Tech: The Bulldogs' quarterback threw for 230 yards to help lead a big win over Oakland.
KESOMI MAFI, Oakland: The Wildcats' quarterback rushed for 147 yards, including 63 on a TD against Oakland Tech.
BART HOUSTON, De La Salle: The senior quarterback threw for 237 yards and four TDs in a 40-3 win over San Ramon Valley.
AUSTIN HOOPER, De La Salle: He had five quarterback sacks and helped limit San Ramon Valley to 154 total yards in a win over the Wolves.
TIAPEPE VITALE, De La Salle: The Spartans' back returned after missing a few weeks with a leg injury and ran for 102 yards in a win over San Ramon Valley.
ANTHONY WILLIAMS, De La Salle: He caught a pair of first-half touchdown passes in a big win over San Ramon Valley.
DARRELL DANIELS, Freedom: Scored two TDs, including the game-winner on a 4-yard run, and also had an interception in a 21-14 win over Deer Valley.
JOE MIXON, Freedom: Rushed for 99 yards and had an interception in a win over Deer Valley.
SHANE POOLER, Deer Valley: Rushed for 117 of his game-high 127 yards in the second half against Freedom.
ZACK CHANG, Monte Vista: The Mustangs' back rushed for 161 yards and two TDs in a 27-0 win over Amador Valley.
MARCO ZAMORA, Monte Vista: He had two of the Mustangs' four interceptions during a win over Amador Valley.
TROY JOHNSON, Monte Vista: He threw a 58-yard TD pass and also caught a 31-yard TD pass against Amador Valley.
JON TRODDER, Encinal: The Jets' back ran for 177 yards and three TDs, including an 86-yard scoring run in the second half of a 47-0 win over St. Mary's.
BO BANKS, Encinal: He caught a TD pass and returned a punt for a touchdown against St. Mary's.
SIR-DEVONTA STEWART, Berkeley: Rushed for 150 yards and scored two TDs, including a 61-yard scoring run, in a 41-7 win over Pinole Valley.
SAMUEL BOYDEN, Berkeley: The Yellowjackets' kicker booted a pair of field goals in a win over Pinole Valley, including a 51-yarder.
KYLE FARNADY, Granada: The Matadors' back scored the game-winning TD on a 4-yard run with 28.6 seconds left in a win over California.
KEVIN FARLEY, California: The Grizzlies' quarterback went 10-for-18 for 224 yards in a loss to Granada.
ARMANI WASHINGTON, California: He caught five passes for 126 yards against Granada.
VEDWARD ACHZIGER, Dublin: He accounted for 249 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, including a 28-yard scoring pass with less than a minute to go in a 32-29 win over Acalanes.
BRETT STEPHENS, Campolindo: He went 13-for-20 for 191 yards and three TD passes in a 42-24 win over Alhambra.
GRIFFIN PIATT, Campolindo: He caught four passes for 126 yards and three TDs and also had two interceptions against Alhambra.
REINER EBARLE, Campolindo: Rushed 17 times for 146 yards and a TD against Alhambra.
TAYLOR POYADUE, Alhambra: Rushed for a game-high 241 yards on 26 carries and scored two TDs in a loss to Campolindo.
ADAM WOOD, Las Lomas: He went 9-for-10 for 154 yards and three TD passes in a 42-6 win over Dougherty Valley.
JAKE VILLA, Las Lomas: Rushed for a game-high 181 yards and scored three TDs against Dougherty Valley.
DAIVON BALLARD, College Park: He rushed for 184 yards on 14 carries in a 56-14 win over Ygnacio Valley.
RHYAN HUGHES, College Park: He had 206 all-purpose yards and scored on a 69-yard run and a 25-yard reception in a big win over Ygnacio Valley.
ANTHONY BARNETT, Ygnacio Valley: He rushed 22 times for 97 yards and scored a TD in a loss to College Park.
FISI TAVAKE, Northgate: He scored three rushing touchdowns in a 26-21 victory over Clayton Valley.
JOE PROTHROE, Clayton Valley: He rushed for a game-high 164 yards in a loss to Northgate.
FE'AO VUNIPOLA, Pittsburg: Ran for 226 yards and scored three TDs - including runs of 46 and 65 yards - in a 42-20 win over Heritage.
KEJHAN CLAYTON, Heritage: Rushed for 122 yards, including an 86-yard run, in a loss to Pittsburg.
ADHAM AWA, Alameda: Carried 17 times for a team-high 114 yards in a 35-0 win over De Anza.
CODY SUCKOW, Liberty: Ran for two touchdowns and threw a TD pass in a 30-17 win over Antioch.
NICK WEST, Liberty: Caught six passes for 142 yards and a TD in a win over Antioch.
ELBERT HAMILTON, Antioch: He ran for a pair of touchdowns, including a 49-yard scoring run, in a loss to Liberty.
JAMIRR HOLLAND, Foothill: Carried 20 times for 96 yards in a 14-13 win over Livermore.
DAMARIAY DREW, Livermore: He rushed 10 times 125 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Foothill.
BRIAN FREEMAN, CSD: He carried 18 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-13 loss to Berean Christian.
ERIC HUPPERT, Piedmont: The Highlanders' quarterback threw three TD passes in a 35-0 win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent.
MAX ELLIOT, Piedmont: Caught four passes for 91 yards, three of which went for touchdowns, in a win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent.
EVAN OWENS, Kimball: He rushed for 111 yards and two TDs in a 33-12 loss to Weston Ranch-Stockton.
DESHANE HINES, American: Carried 31 times for 128 yards and two TDs in a 14-12 win over Washington.
HUNTER ROCKWELL, Newark Memorial: He scored five first-half touchdowns to lead a 54-6 victory over Mission San Jose.
PABLO MAGALLANES, Tennyson: Threw for 188 yards and four TDs in a 29-18 victory over Hayward.
JESSE SELLERS, Castro Valley: He scored three touchdowns, including runs of 60 and 52 yards and a kickoff return of 85 yards, in a 49-0 win over Mt. Eden.