There were no surprises Friday night at Victory Field at Joe W. Brown Memorial Park.
Undefeated De La Salle came into the matchup as the favorite against winless McMain, and the Cavaliers were dominant en route to a 48-0 victory in the District 9-3A matchup.
De La Salle (5-0) moved the ball up and down the field at will, scoring touchdowns on five of its seven possessions in the first half, with four different Cavaliers crossing the goal line. De La Salle finished with 402 yards in its fifth straight victory of at least 30 points.
The Cavaliers have outscored their opponents by a total of 205 points, and coach Ryan Manale said he was happy with his team’s effort after what he considered a less-than-stellar performance last week against Lusher.
“I’m very proud of this game tonight against McMain,” said Manale, whose team captured its third consecutive win against the Mustangs. “It’s been a rivalry since I’ve been here, and Coach (Kevin) Roussel does an incredible job and he’s an incredible guy. … We were focused, we had a good week of practice and it showed tonight.”
After a fumble recovery by De La Salle and interception by McMain to start the game, the Cavaliers offense found its rhythm, marching 56 yards on seven plays for a 7-0 advantage. Julien Gums found running back Myles Ward on a wheel route out of the backfield for an 11-yard score, and then the Cavaliers offense really found its stride.
McMain wasn’t able to field the ensuing kickoff; it was recovered by defensive back Josh Paul, who set up De La Salle’s first touchdown with his interception. With a 27-yard field, De La Salle needed just six plays this time, with Gums throwing his second score. This one went to running back Jabial White, who broke several tackles along the sideline for a 23-yard touchdown.
White was the team’s most consistent weapon, rolling up 113 yards on 13 touches. He showed no signs of the injury that had kept him sidelined since Week 1.
“We just had to come out here and ball and do what we do best,” White said. “We did a good job of executing and getting the ‘W.’ ”
Myles Ward, one of four De La Salle backs to gain at least 45 yards, got the Cavaliers on the board again with a powerful 21-yard touchdown run before Gums and the passing game got going once again.
The first long score went to B.J. Randle and the second to Eddie Minor for a pair of 44-yard touchdowns that gave De La Salle a commanding 35-0 lead heading into halftime.
Meanwhile, the defense was taking care of business, wreaking havoc in McMain’s defensive backfield. Four Cavaliers came away with sacks, including three by Jamiran James and two by Danquan Edwards as De La Salle totaled six sacks.
White and freshman running back Kendall Collins closed the scoring with runs of 10 and 1 yard; kicker Finn La Breche made six of seven extra points. Collins finished with 10 carries for 61 yards; Ricco Wheat had nine rushes for 63 yards.
McMain quarterback Darnell Williams was impressive even in a lopsided loss, totaling 236 yards passing and rushing.
The Mustangs will look to pick up their first win of the year next week at Lusher, but De La Salle is off to its best start since at least 1999.
“I’m not sure (of the last time we were 5-0),” Manale said. “But I know we’re 5-0 and we’re No. 2 in the state this week. It’s exciting and very humbling for our football program, and we’re excited to keep it going.”