Archbishop Mitty took the field Saturday night without the quarterback who accounted for four touchdowns in its previous game.
It didn't matter.
Brett Foley, who replaced injured Trenton Scharrenberg (ankle) at quarterback, scored on a 60-yard run the first time he carried the ball, and the Mitty ground attack did not stop.
In a showdown between highly ranked teams, the Monarchs overpowered Palo Alto 34-14 at Foothill College behind an offense that produced 477 yards on the ground and a defense that prevented Stanford-bound quarterback Keller Chryst from keeping pace.
Mitty finished with three 100-yard runners -- Foley (142), Kyle Evans (138) and Chandler Ramirez (102) -- and its defense yielded just one first down after halftime.
"I'm really happy with the kids' performance," Mitty coach Matt Haniger said. "We were very physical up front. Our line did a great job."
Fourth-ranked Palo Alto (1-1) opened the game with an impressive drive that ended with Chryst's 21-yard touchdown pass to Keesean Johnson and included a 30-yard run by Chryst.
But third-ranked Mitty (3-0) quickly answered as Foley, a 6-3, 218-pound junior, kept the ball and found a huge hole. Sixty yards later, the backup quarterback was in the end zone, tying the score 7-7.
"I've never seen a hole quite that big," Foley said. "That (pregame) stretching helped me a lot because I would not have been able to break away from those guys."
The Monarchs scored again later in the quarter when Evans scooped up a punt --perhaps ill-advisedly -- and then let his powerful legs do the rest. The 5-7, 170-pound senior dashed down the left sideline, weaving through seemingly the entire Palo Alto punt defense, and did not stop until he scored.
The touchdown extended Mitty's lead to 14-7.
After the next Palo Alto series ended with a sack -- Mitty knows how to rush the quarterback -- Evans went back to work. He burst through the line and out-sprinted the Palo Alto secondary to the end zone for a 65-yard run to make it 21-7 two plays into the second quarter.
"Kyle Evans was phenomenal tonight," Haniger said. "But that's one of the best games that I've ever seen him have."
After Evans' second touchdown, the 6-4, 230-pound Chryst showed why he is regarded as one of the nation's top high school quarterbacks. He launched a 43-yard pass to Malcolm Davis for a touchdown that cut the deficit to 21-14.
Palo Alto then looked as if it might tie the score as Chryst threw a screen pass to Andrew Frick, and Frick found daylight along the sideline before getting tackled at the 4.
But before Palo Alto could take another snap, it was flagged for illegal substitution and a delay. Mitty held on downs and then ended the half with two field goals by Tanner Haas in the closing seconds to take a 27-14 halftime lead.
The second field goal came after Mitty recovered a squib kick at the Palo Alto 25 with 7.2 seconds left in the half.
Four Mitty players rushed for at least 53 yards in the first half, led by Foley's 97.
Chryst finished the first half with 214 yards passing -- 183 before halftime.
"We knew we beat him the past few years," Evans said, referring to victories over Chryst and the Vikings in 2011 and 2012. "So we wanted to come out here and keep that streak going. We did that, so we're happy."
ARCHBISHOP MITTY 34, PALO ALTO 14
Palo Alto 7 "7 "0 "0--14
Archbishop Mitty 14 "13 "7 "0--34
PA -- Johnson 21 pass from Chryst (Fogarty kick)
AM -- Foley 60 run (Haas kick)
AM -- Evans 77 punt return (Haas kick)
AM -- Evans 65 run (Haas kick)
PA -- Davis 43 pass from Chryst (Fogarty kick)
AM -- Haas 26 FG
AM -- Haas 42 FG
AM -- Foley 4 run (Haas kick)
Records -- Palo Alto 1-1; Archbishop Mitty 3-0.
CUPERTINO 14, NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY 7
Sophmore quarterback Anthony Pozzetti threw a touchdown pass and scored the decisive touchdown with a 2-yard run, keeping Pioneers undefeated. Pozzetti finished with 180 yards passing, 104 being to Nathan Duong. Duong scored the first touchdown with a 45-yard reception. Carlos Anaya led the Condors with 103 rushing yards, including a 45-yard touchdown run.
Cupertino 7 "0 "7 "0--14
N. Monterey Cnty 0 "7 "0 "0-- 7
Cup -- Duong 45 pass from Pozzetti (Silva kick)
NMC -- Anaya 45 run (Alvarez kick)
Cup -- Pozzetti 2 run (Silva kick)
Records -- Cupertino 3-0; North Monterey County 0-3.
ARAGON 35, LINCOLN 7
Aragon used four rushing touchdowns to remain upbeaten. Patrick Pauni scored on two short runs, while Nicholas Petsche scored on a 55-yard run to put the Dons ahead for good. Linebacker Nicholas Tolfa scored on a 35-yard interception return and Keith Samujh ran for a 13-yard score to cap a 28-point Dons third quarter. Oscar Ramirez scored the lone touchdown for the Lions in the fourth quarter.
Lincoln 0 "0 "0 "7-- 7
Aragon 0 "7 "28 "0--35
A -- Pauni 1 run (Nagel kick)
A -- Petsche 55 run (Nagel kick)
A -- Pauni 1 run (Nagel kick)
A -- Tolfa 35 interception return (Nagel kick)
A -- Samujh 13 run (Nagel kick)
L -- Ramirez 2 run (Tucakovic kick)
Records -- Lincoln 0-2; Aragon 3-0.
LIVE OAK 27, SOBRATO 19
Trevor Bearden rushed for 341 yard in 31 carries, scoring on three touchdown runs for the Acorns, winning the battle of Morgan Hill at Live Oak High. Erik Ornduff scored the final Acorn touchdown on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Live Oak 0 "20 "0 "7--27
Sobrato 6 "13 "0 "0--19
LO -- Bearden 35 run (Martinez kick)
LO -- Bearden 46 run (kick failed)
LO -- Bearden 8 run (Martinez kick)
LO -- Ornduff 12 run (Martinez kick)
S -- scoring not availab le
Records -- Live Oak 2-1; Sobrato 0-3.
LOS GATOS 28, SAN BENITO 14
Corey Olivet put the game away with a 98-yard run in an otherwise tight game Friday night.
The Los Gatos win is the first for new head coach Mark Krail.
Los Gatos 0 "21 "0 "7--28
San Benito 0 "7 "0 "7--14
LG -- Olivet 28 run (Chapman kick)
LG -- Wilcox 8 pass from Bawden (Chapman kick)
SB -- Freitas 31 pass from # 8 (Canes kick)
LG -- Wood 1 run (Chapman kick)
SB -- Stanton 20 run (Canes kick)
LG -- Olivet 98 run (Chapman kick
Records -- Los Gatos 1-2; San Benito 1-2.