Campolindo High turned Friday night's Diablo Foothill Athletic League football showdown between unbeaten teams into a no-contest, running away with a 42-6 home victory over rival Miramonte.
Cougars junior quarterback Brett Stephens threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns, and Campolindo's defense had five interceptions in a surprisingly lopsided victory.
"Everybody pitched in on offense, everybody pitched in on defense, this was a total team effort," Stephens said. "This is fantastic, couldn't ask for anything more."
Campolindo (8-0, 4-0 DFAL) forced seven turnovers -- it also recovered two fumbled Miramonte (7-1, 3-1) kickoffs -- and was so dominant that the fourth quarter was played with a running clock.
Ross Anderson, the Matadors' standout quarterback, was limited to 5 of 18 passing for 59 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. He ran for 72 yards on 14 carries.
"We didn't want to focus too much on Ross, so we just played our own defensive game," said Campolindo's Griffen Piatt, who had two interceptions and caught two touchdown passes. "We've been playing good defense all year, and we just kept it up.
Piatt got the Cougars on the board when he caught a 17-yard pass from Stephens with 9:40 left in the second quarter. Reiner Ebarle scored on a 19-yard run, and Piatt added a 20-yard scoring catch to make it 21-0 at halftime.
Stephens threw TD passes of 20 yards and 62 yards to Karl Thornton and Vince Graziano, respectively, in the third quarter, and Ebarle (12 carries, 86 yards) added a 36-yard scoring run.
Campolindo took over sole possession of first place in the DFAL with two weeks to play.
"We were just focusing the whole week, just viewing it as another game," Piatt said. "We weren't blowing up the rivalry too much."