WALNUT CREEK -- After Mitchell Walding connected with Justin Cox -- one of his two star receivers -- to tie the score at 14, it appeared that De La Salle might have a game on its hands against St. Mary's of Stockton. That proved to be an illusion.
After the catch, Cox left the game with a minor injury and played only sparingly the rest of the game. The Spartans took advantage of his absence to dominate St. Mary's. De La Salle scored 26 unanswered points en route to a 40-14 victory on Friday night.
De La Salle (2-0) took to the air in the third quarter.
"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."
St. Mary's (2-1) played a promising first half, largely because of the connection that quarterback Walding and Cox had established.
St. Mary's beat Central Catholic 37-19 on Sept. 10 in the annual "Holy Bowl."
• BROTHERS IN ARMS -- The Trosin brothers had a unique trifecta Friday night, scoring offensive, defensive and special teams touchdowns between them. Tyler, a senior, returned a kickoff 85 yards and Tanner, a junior, scored on a 20-yard interception return and a 4-yard run leading Folsom to a 62-15 win over Sacramento.
• GRETZKY PUT ON ICE -- Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey legend Wayne, has been drawing some attention for his football and baseball talents for Oaks Christian in Westlake Village. But he was pulled in the third quarter Friday night with his team trailing 19-0. Gretzky's replacement engineered a come-from-behind 33-32 overtime win.