Monte Vista High snapped its longest East Bay Athletic League losing streak this decade, scoring on seven straight possessions in the second and third quarters on the way to a 57-19 victory over host Granada on Friday night.
The Mustangs (5-3, 2-3 EBAL), ranked ninth in the Bay Area News Group poll, got 283 passing yards and three touchdowns from UCLA-bound senior quarterback Brett Nottingham and overcame a 189-yard rushing performance by the Matadors' George Atkinson III.
Monte Vista had dropped three straight games after a 4-0 start but beat the Matadors (3-5, 1-4) for the 10th straight season. The Matadors have lost four in a row since opening the league with a win over Foothill.
Defense created 10 quick points for the Mustangs, as linebacker David Wilkerson returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown with 7:21 left in the first quarter, and Michael Eidman delivered a 22-yard field goal minutes later after a pass interception by Dalis Bruce.
The Mustangs added to their lead after an unusual decision by the Matadors, who tried and failed to cash in a fake punt on a fourth-and-12 play from their own 21-yard line. Two plays later, MV scored on a 14-yard run by Michael Sullas for a 16-0 lead with 11:06 left in the half.
Sullas handled the tailback duties for the Mustangs, who played without top running back Greg Johnson, sidelined by a neck injury.
Granada struck back when Garrett Matthews scored on a 19-yard run off a
But the Mustangs needed just 1:32 to answer, with Nottingham delivering a 55-yard TD pass to Troy Johnson. Still, Granada trailed just 23-11 until Nottingham passed 62 yards to Dane Turner, then went over himself on a 1-yard sneak that made it 30-11 with 49 seconds left in the half.