There was no drama for De La Salle this time.
Six days after their thrilling jamboree victory against Newman, the Cavaliers cruised to victory against Grace King 50-12 for their first official win of the season Thursday night at Pan-American Stadium.
Grace King held their own through the first 15 minutes of the game. Derrick Friloux punched in an 8-yard touchdown right after a De La Salle botched punt to pull the Irish within 7-6. That would be as close as the Fighting Irish got.
The Cavaliers then turned to running back Cole Lewis, who proceeded to rip off seven consecutive carries of 10 yards or more, including back-to-back 22-yard touchdown runs to put De La Salle up 22-6.
“I feel like I came out pretty slow on my first carry,” Lewis said. “I knew we needed to step it up as a team, so I came out and ran as hard as I could. ... It’s my last season, so it’s important I do that every single game.”
Lewis finished the half with 116 yards on just nine carries. Quarterback Victor Gaines added a 65-yard touchdown pass to Christian Booker and a 15-yard touchdown run on a play where he sold a fake handoff so well he was able to casually sprint into the end zone uncontested to give the Cavaliers a 36-6 halftime lead.
Gaines connected on just one of his first four pass attempts, but recovered quickly to finish the first half with 155 yards and two touchdowns through the air while completing 6 of 12 pass attempts.
The Cavaliers defense also showed up in a big way, holding the Irish to negative yards in the first half.
Gaines added a third touchdown pass to tight end Sean Monconduit to make it 43-6 in the third quarter. He was taken out with the game well in hand on their next possession.
Grace King did not go quietly and continued to scrap the rest of the way. After they blocked a second De La Salle punt, Dijon Kelly scooped up the loose ball and dragged several Cavaliers with him into the end zone.
It was not a perfect night for De La Salle. They did have over 50 penalty yards and made several miscues on special teams.
“Our special teams are much better than this...it’s just a work in progress right now,” De La Salle coach Ryan Manale said.