More than 3,000 miles away from home, the De La Salle High football team sure looked out of place on Friday night.
The Spartans allowed 20 straight points in the second half and committed a series of uncharacteristic mistakes in a nationally televised 30-6 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fred Coppet had two touchdowns for the Raiders (3-0), who came into Friday's game ranked No. 2 in the country in the ESPNHS Powerade Fab 50. The Spartans followed at No. 3.
De La Salle (2-1) committed four turnovers in the loss, which was the team's first since Sept. 25, 2009 when it fell in double-overtime to Lakeland - another national power from Florida.
Friday's loss also equaled the worst defeat for the Spartans in 32 years - they also lost 30-6 to New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep in 2009, the 24-point losses marking the school's most lopsided defeats since Salesian beat De La Salle 32-0 in 1979.
"How do you expect to win a game like that? We didn't deserve to," De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur said. "... It's embarassing to come out here all this way and play like that."
In Fort Lauderdale, though, the mood is quite different. Bryan Cox Jr., the son of a former NFL Pro Bowl linebcker, is being credited with leading a stifling defense that shut down De La Salle.
Before losing in front of a sold-out crowd at Brian Piccolo Memorial Stadium and national-TV audience on ESPN2 Friday, De La Salle had won 28 straight games, a streak that includes two California Interscholastic Federation Open Bowl championships.
The East Bay's top two rated teams lost Friday, thanks to Berkeley's stunning, 41-40 double-overtime win over No. 2 Pittsburg.
Rudolpho James, who missed the past two games with a separated shoulder, helped rally the Yellowjackets from a 20-6 halftime deficit. The Berkeley back scored the game-winning two-point conversion in the second overtime. James wound up with 140 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Here's how some other Top 15 teams fared on Friday night:
Warren Miles Long ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns as No. 4 James Logan produced 304 rushing yards, and added two scores through the air and another on special teams to complete a 4-0 run through their preseason schedule with a 42-28 win over Heritage (2-2).
No. 5 San Ramon Valley (2-1) scored two touchdowns in 61 seconds, including a 3-yard keeper from quarterback Zach Kline with 4:40 left to play, to take the lead for good in a 31-20 win over pesky Washington (0-4). Kline wound up throwing for 266 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 6 Encinal (2-1) avoided an upset as it blocked a pair of punts that led to touchdowns as it rallied to beat crosstown rival Alameda 45-41 in the 57th Island Bowl.
Upstart Alameda (1-3) got a huge game from quarterback Antonio Manibusan, who kept the Hornets in the game all night long by throwing for 376 yards and four touchdown passes, along with a rushing TD.
No. 7 Freedom (4-0) got three touchdown passes from Dante Mayes and three touchdown runs from Joe Mixon in a convincing 42-16 win over Golden Valley of Merced.
No. 8 Las Lomas (4-0) reclaimed the "Battle of the Creek" trophy as Jake Villa ran for 208 yards and scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 27-10 win over crosstown rival Northgate in Walnut Creek.
Miramonte's Ross Anderson hit Jack Pietrykowski with a 31-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-11 play with less than two minutes left as the No. 9 Matadors (4-0) secured a 26-17 win over Liberty (1-3).
No. 15 Deer Valley (2-2) got another strong effort from Matt Smith, who rushed for 287 yards and scored six touchdowns in a 54-28 win over College Park (1-3). Smith has rushed for 518 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in his last two games.
Here are some other noteworthy games from Friday:
De Anza (1-2) broke its 42-game losing streak when Dontae Ward ran four yards for the game-winning touchdown with 24 seconds left in a 27-22 win over Albany (1-2).
Newark Memorial got 213 yards rushing from Hunter Rockwell, but El Cerrito sophomore Jalen Harvey caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Webster with 4:45 left for a 14-14 tie.
Dublin quarterback Edward Achziger scored on a 10-yard run in overtime to lead the Gaels (3-1) to a thrilling 27-20 overtime victory over Moreau Catholic (1-2).
McClymonds running back Harold Halcomb III had nothing but praise for his linemen after he rushed for 175 yards and scored seven touchdowns in a 56-0 win over Richmond. "I just have to thank my linemen for their work," said Halcomb III. "I've never had a game like this."
Concord's Olito Thompson ran for 236 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in a 44-7 win over American. Thompson has rushed for 539 yards the past two games.
Here are your individual standouts throughout the East Bay on Friday night:
RUDOLPHO JAMES, Berkeley: The Yellowjackets' back carried 30 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns and also scored the game-winner on a two-point conversion run in a 41-40 upset win over Pittsburg.
WARREN MILES LONG, James Logan: The Colts' junior back rushed for 144 yards and three TDs in a 42-28 win over Heritage.
JEFFREY PROTHRO, James Logan: The Colts' quarterback threw a pair of touchdown passes in a victory over Heritage.
JOREL AVILA, Heritage: The Patriots' back rushed for 108 yards and a TD on 23 carries in a loss to James Logan.
ANTHONY CARTER, Heritage: He went 19-for-29 for 192 yards and a touchdown in a defeat against James Logan.
HUNTER ROCKWELL, Newark Memorial: The senior back rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard scoring run in the second quarter, in a 14-14 tie with El Cerrito.
JALEN HARVEY, El Cerrito: The Gauchos' sophomore caught six passes for 104 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass with 4:45 left to force a 14-all tie with Newark Memorial.
ZACH KLINE, San Ramon Valley: The Cal-bound quarterback went 17-for-24 for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolves' 31-20 win over Washington.
SEAN MILLER, San Ramon Valley: The Wolves' tight end caught four passes for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a win over Washington.
MATT TURNER, San Ramon Valley: He caught eight passes for 95 yards during a victory over Washington.
KYLE MALPEDE, Washington: The Huskies' quarterback scored on a 25-yard scramble on a fourth-and-16 play to five Washington a fourth-quarter lead against San Ramon Valley in a game the Wolves eventually won.
ANTONIO MANIBUSAN, Alameda: The Hornets' quarterback passed for 376 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for a TD in a 45-41 loss to Encinal.
EDWARD ACHZIGER, Dublin: The Gaels' quarterback scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard run in overtime against Moreau Catholic.
DEWAYNE EWING, Skyline: The Titans' back rushed 24 times for 163 yards, including scoring runs of 19 and 13 yards, in a 33-13 victory over Kennedy-Fremont.
AUSTIN CHAO, Skyline: The Titans' back rushed for a pair of second-half touchdowns in a victory over Kennedy-Fremont.
HAROLD HALCOMB III, McClymonds: The Warriors' back rushed for 175 yards and scored a whopping seven touchdowns in a 56-0 win over Richmond.
DONTAE WARD, De Anza: He took a lateral from quarterback Stephen Evans and ran four yards for the winning score with 24 seconds left in a 27-22 win over Albany that snapped the Dons' 42-game losing streak.
KYLE MOORE, Albany: Ran for 132 of his 135 yards in the second half, including a pair of touchdowns, in a loss to De Anza.
ANDRE DUNN, De Anza: The Dons' back rushed for 133 yards in the first half, including a touchdown, to help key a win over Albany.
ZAVIER VAESAU, Dougherty Valley: He's scored eight touchdowns in the past two games after rushing for 154 yards on 10 carries and scoring four touchdowns in a 56-0 win over Oakland.
MALIK BISMILLAH, Dougherty Valley: The quarterback scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in a win over Oakland.
WYATT MORROW, Concord: The Minutemen's quarterback led a 513-yard offensive output as he passed for 227 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-7 win over American.
OLITO THOMPSON, Concord: The junior back ran for 236 yards and scored twice in the Minutemen's win over American.
TERRANCE YOUNG, Concord: He caught seven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in a win over American.
DESHANE HINES, American: The Eagles' back ran for 121 yards in a loss to Concord.
TAYLOR POYADUE, Alhambra: The Bulldogs' back rushed 17 times for 223 yards and a touchdown in a 54-19 win over El Molino of Forestville.
ERIC RICHARD, Alhambra: He had two interceptions in a win over El Molino, including one he returned 44 yards for a touchdown.
MITCHELL WILSON, Alhambra: Pressed into service at quarterback due to injuries, he rushed for 63 yards and scored three touchdowns against El Molino.
JAKE VILLA, Las Lomas: The Knights' back ran for 208 yards and scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a 27-10 win over Walnut Creek rival Northgate.
MATT SMITH, Deer Valley: He ran for 287 yards and scored six TDs in a 54-28 win over College Park. He rushed for four second-half TDs.
NSIMBA WEBSTER, Deer Valley: The Wolverines' quarterback threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in a win over College Park.
JOHNNY CROFT, College Park: He rushed for 158 yards, including 73 on a touchdown run, in a loss to Deer Valley.
ROSS ANDERSON, Miramonte: The Matadors' quarterback threw a 31-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes left to clinch a win over Liberty. He passed for 146 yards and ran for 76 more.
JEFF LINDSEY, Liberty: The Lions' back carried 18 times for 128 yards in a loss to Miramonte.
DARRIN JONES, Antioch: The Panthers' defensive back scooped up a fumble and ran 66 yards for a touchdown to spark a 40-35 win over Napa.
DANTE MAYES, Freedom: The Falcons' quarterback went 17-for-24 for 271 yards and three touchdown passes in a 42-16 win over Golden Valley of Merced.
JOE MIXON, Freedom: The back had three rushing touchdowns in a win over Golden Valley.
ANDRE TYSON, Pinole Valley: He ran for 102 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns in the second half of a 22-16 win over Oakland Tech.
VINCE VOLPATTI, Valley Christian: He scored a pair of touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Lower Lake, including an interception he returned 25 yards for a score.