But once these illusions disappeared it became clear why all three East Bay Athletic League teams find themselves bunched atop the East Bay high school football rankings.
In fact, the view from the top remained the same throughout the region as - for the first time in three weeks - there were no upsets among Top 10 teams. In fact, the highest-ranked team to lose Friday was No. 13 Bishop O'Dowd, which fell 28-14 to St. Ignatius of San Francisco in front of a standing room only Oakland crowd.
Some changes did the Spartans good at halftime, said De La Salle quarterback Bart Houston, who threw two short passes to Lucas Dunne that the speedy back turned into touchdowns of 66 and 50 yards.
"We adjusted everything," Houston said. "We adjusted our attitudes, our attitudes to get to our blocks and make the right passes and get everything right."
Well, not quite.
"I'd give us a B-minus, I guess," said De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur. "We can do better."
Still, Mustangs quarterback Jeff Lockie did throw three TD passes, albeit shorter strikes, as he finished with a Monte Vista-modest 146 yards passing. The Pirates (0-3) had taken its last lead in the final minute of the third quarter on a 1-yard run by quarterback Julius Mozee. But Monte Vista took the lead back early in the fourth on a 19-yard scoring pass from Lockie to Shane Ertz and never looked back.
He engineered a charge that led to 31 unanswered points as Foothill beat previously unbeaten Logan 38-28.
"He didn't panic at all, and we knew he would lead us back into the game," Foothill receiver Cameron Rowland said of Camarena, who threw for 204 yards, threw two TD passes and ran for two more scores. "There was never a doubt in my mind."
In other games Friday:
Let's take a look at where the spotlight shone the brightest on Friday night as we unveil the statistical standouts in the East Bay:
DAMARIAY DREW, Livermore: The junior running back scored five touchdowns, including a 95-yard kickoff return, and had an interception in a win over Dublin. Drew rushed 9 times for 197 yards and three TDs.
LUCAS DUNNE, De La Salle: Spartans' back accounted for 252 yards of offense and turned short passes into touchdowns from 66 and 50 yards away, respectively against St. Mary's-Stockton.
DYLAN WYNN, De La Salle: Defensive lineman had three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in win over St. Mary's-Stockton.
DAVID CAMARENA, Foothill: The Falcons' quarterback completed six passes for 204 yards and two TDs and also ran for two touchdowns in a come-from-way-behind 38-28 win over James Logan.
NICO MURILLO, Hercules: The junior tailback gained 202 yards on 27 carries and scored two TDs as the Titans (2-1) downed Kennedy-Richmond 36-14.
JOHN MILLER, Alhambra: The Bulldogs' quarterback passed for 136 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-21 win over Ygnacio Valley.
MICHEAL SULLAS, Monte Vista: His 151-yard rushing performance helped key a 28-20 win over Pittsburg.
AVI ROSENBLUM, Albany: He scored two touchdowns in a 45-15 win over St. Elizabeth: He caught a 48-yard pass from Robert Crowley and then intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for a TD.
CAMERON STOVER, Northgate: He rushed for a game-high 180 yards and scored two TDs in a big win over Dougherty Valley. He now has 607 yards rushing in three games.
MATT BUTLER, Northgate: Had touchdown runs of 82 and 72 yards on his way to a 170-yard performance during the Broncos' win at Dougherty Valley.
BRENT EIKANAS, Heritage: The Patriots' quarterback went 7-for-8 for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of a 61-7 win over Kennedy-Fremont.
D'AMORA COOPER, Freedom: He ran for 131 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Falcons (2-1) beat West of Tracy 23-7.
DREW REIL, California: He went 9-for-13 for 123 yards and three touchdowns in Cal's 45-14 win over Castro Valley.
KYLE ALVAREZ, California: Ran for 144 yards on just nine carries and caught a TD pass in the Grizzlies' victory over Castro Valley.
ALEC PICA, Concord: Rushed for 177 yards and two TDs in a win over Skyline.
RICKY LLOYD, CONCORD: The senior quarterback passed for 263 yards and four TDs as he helped the Minutemen piled up 42 consecutive points in the second half vs. Skyline.
ANDREW AHR, Campolindo: Led the Cougars' defensive charge in a 34-13 win over El Cerrito by intercepting a pair of passes.
SHAWN VASQUEZ, Liberty: Ran 14 times for 146 yards in a 22-16 win over American.
IKAIKA WOOLSEY, Salesian: He went 4-for-4 for 171 yards passing and two touchdowns in a 44-0 win over John Swett.
ERNEST MARSHALL, McClymonds: He rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of the Warriors' 60-0 win at McKinleyville.
DEANDRE CARTER, Washington: The Huskies' receiver had 10 catches for 105 yards and a TD in a 31-15 loss to Amador Valley.
MILES LONG, James Logan: Ran for 122 yards on 19 carries in a losing effort against Foothill.
COLIN KACINSKI, Foothill: Caught three passes for 120 yards and a TD in a victory over Pittsburg.