The host Mustangs dominated every aspect of a locally televised 49-7 win over Merrill West-Tracy.
That happened less than a week after they surrendered nearly 500 rushing yards in a 37-21 loss to James Logan.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak dating back to last season for the Mustangs (1-1), who lost their last two regular season games and their first playoff game a year ago before falling to Logan in last week's opener.
"I thought we got the cobwebs out of our heads from last week," Monte Vista coach Craig Bergman said. "We're a young team. I thought they responded well tonight. They were a lot more intense than last week."
In Week 2 last season, West contained the Mustangs' offense and stayed close before losing 17-7. But the Wolf Pack (0-2) was never in this one.
Monte Vista scored touchdowns on its first five possessions for a 35-0 second-quarter lead. The Mustangs outgained the Wolf Pack 177-17 in the first quarter and gained 305 yards of total offense in the first half.
Monte Vista quarterback Drew McAllister was 18-for-25 for 167 yards and threw three touchdown passes to tight end Zach Ertz in the first half. Brandon Storlee ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries before sitting out most of the second half.
The Mustangs scored two touchdowns before the Wolf Pack ran its first play from scrimmage, capitalizing on a West fumble in the first quarter. Ertz, who had each of the first two scores, finished with 69 receiving yards on seven catches.
"We did a lot of film study during the week, and we knew what we could do against (West)," McAllister said. "We came out and stuck to our game plan."
The Mustangs host Castro Valley (0-1) on Sept. 21 before beginning their East Bay Athletic League schedule the following week on the road against Granada.
Albany 23, Mission San Jose 0: Last year, Mission San Jose High School scored on the last play of the game to defeat Albany 21-20.
The Cougars didn't forget about it. They thought about it during the whole offseason and worked toward getting redemption this year.
Thanks to a big day from quarterback Daniel Singh and some key second-half defensive stops, the visiting Cougars got just that in the form of a shutout win at Tak Fudenna Stadium.
"It goes back a week further," Albany coach Scott Shevelson said. "We lost our first two games last year to St. Helena and Mission. Now this year we've started 2-0 against those teams. I don't know the last time Albany started 2-0 ... it has been at least a decade."
Singh was on fire to open the game, going 8-for-11 in the first half with two touchdowns. The first was 12-yard strike to Clifton Brown just before the end of the first quarter, and Singh added an 9-yard toss to Duane Hooper on Albany's next possession.
A botched punt resulted in a safety and Omari Parker returned a fumble 60 yards to round out the scoring in the second half for the Cougars.
Mission San Jose went 1-9 a year ago, with its lone win coming against Albany.
-- Kyle Bonagura