De La Salle on Friday night returned to Victory Field, where just a year ago it captured its first playoff victory in more than 30 years.
The Cavaliers took the field as the visiting team but performed more like they were in their own backyard: They produced an electric 48-point first half en route to a 62-0 victory over Sci Academy.
Coach Ryan Manale stressed to his team that overlooking its opponent could spell disaster.
“We needed to take things one game at a time and just play our game,” he said. “The kids are getting better every week, and that’s what we want.”
De La Salle (9-0) looked solid in every phase of the game, scoring on offense and defense. The Cavaliers never punted and played the majority of their reserves in the second half.
Hunter Pullizano continued the scoring after halftime when he rushed for a 2-yard touchdown. Ezra Ostermeier intercepted a Kevin Dunn pass and raced 70 yards for a score to end the bludgeoning and the third quarter.
Sci Academy (1-8) hoped to earn a much-needed victory in front of a homecoming crowd.
Unfortunately for the Nautilus, its aspirations were dashed as it fell to 1-6 in District 9-3A. Daryl Montgomery was the favorite target of Dunn; the two connected seven times for 68 yards.
The Cavaliers never lifted their foot off the pedal in the first half: They scored on all seven possessions, giving them a 48-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Sci Academy botched a second-quarter punt attempt that was recovered by the Cavaliers. The fumble led to Myles Ward crashing in from 2 yards for a touchdown.
Ward ran for 87 yards on just seven carries and sat out the entire second half.
Quarterback Julien Gums showed off his arm strength in the first half by tossing five touchdowns to four receivers. He had touchdowns of 19, 25, 28, 28 and 40 yards while finishing 9-of-14 for 191 yards.
Gums also darted for a 22-yard touchdown to extend the led to 29-0 in the first quarter. The touchdown run came on the heels of a safety by defensive tackle Jamiran James.
Sci Academy had trouble stopping the Cavaliers’ potent passing attack. Gums threw touchdown passes to Aaron Marquez and Eddie Minor on consecutive drives midway through the first quarter.
Nicholls State commit Christian Booker got open deep on the first play of the game for a 19-yard touchdown pass from Gums, the first of two for the tandem in the first half.
Both of Booker’s catches went for touchdowns.