SAN JOSE -- Motivated by a bitter loss a week earlier, Archbishop Mitty began the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs Friday night determined to erase the memory.
The Monarchs did that and more.
They moved the ball with an effective rushing attack and shut down Oak Grove's high-powered offense with a well-schemed defense en route to a 24-0 victory.
Seventh-seeded Mitty advanced to the semifinals next weekend at Independence High against St. Ignatius, the team that defeated the Monarchs in the regular-season final last week.
No. 2 seed Oak Grove (10-1) saw its season end in the first round for the third consecutive season, all against West Catholic Athletic League opponents.
"Great team effort tonight," said Mitty running back Daniel Mosko, who rushed for a team-high 91 yards rushing in 10 carries. "We had a big loss last week that kind of dwindled out spirits a little bit, but we came right back and had a great week of practice.
"I don't think I've ever seen such a great effort out on the field."
Mitty (8-3) seized control from the start, driving 57 yards on the game's opening series for a 7-0 lead.
Mosko's 17-yard run put the Monarchs at the Oak Grove 13, and Kyle Evans ran across the goal line on the next play, the first of his two touchdowns.
"It just shows how tough our league is," Evans said. "We were ready to play. We knew they were 10-0, and we wanted to get their first loss. They made
"We just played hard."
Mitty controlled the clock for nearly the entire first half, scoring on all three of its possessions to build a 17-0 lead.
The one drive Oak Grove kept the Monarchs from reaching the end zone ended with a 41-yard field goal by Phil Langlois.
The Monarchs had 120 yards to Oak Grove's 8 in the first quarter and 167 to the Eagles' 53 at halftime.
Mitty stretched its cushion to 24-0 on a 3-yard run by Chandler Ramirez midway through the third quarter and coasted from there.
"This was really nice," Mitty coach Matt Haniger said. "We've talked a lot about this team's potential, and it's finally starting to shine through. That was the most complete game I've seen a Mitty team play in quite some time."
For Oak Grove, it was a crushing end to what had been a perfect season.
Eagles coach Jay Braun noted afterward that his top two offensive players -- Nick Bernardo and Chidobe Awuzie-- played much of the game injured.
Bernardo suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter against Leland last week, and Awuzie injured a toe in the first quarter against the Monarchs.
"Normally we're used to breaking some of those long runs or having more punishing runs," Braun said. "We just didn't have our horses in place. But hats off to Mitty. They had a good game plan, and they executed their game plan better than we did."
Bernardo, who rushed for 305 yards against Leland, was held to 44 yards in 12 carries Friday.
His cousin, Mitty's Ramirez, finished with 36 yards in 11 attempts. Ramirez said the victory was special because it gives him family bragging rights but also acknowledged that his cousin was not at full strength.
"He hurt his ankle pretty bad," Ramirez said. "And I give him all the props in the world. He was hurting pretty bad this game, and he didn't show it as much as I expected him to show it.
"I'm proud of him for that."
But in the end, Mitty erased the pain from the previous week to set up a rematch against St. Ignatius.