SAN JOSE -- Without a doubt the greatest achievement in Serra football history took place Friday at San Jose City College where the Padres defeated Archbishop Mitty 21-7 for the Central Coast Section Open Division championship.

The 2013 team can stake a claim as the best in Serra history.

Serra had won two previous CCS championships, but those were both of the lightweight variety -- the short-lived 3A crown back in the early '90s and the Division I title two years ago. Some of the best Serra teams were in the pre-CCS era -- the Lynn Swann teams, the Jess Freitas teams.

But winning the Open Division championship means you are the best in the section.

"It was always why do we not have it, why do we always lose the big game?'' Serra coach Patrick Walsh rhetorically queried. "Over the summer my sister asked me, `do you have it?' That set me off on this crazy spiral, asking what can I do better in my personal life and with the team.''

Walsh brought in new coordinators for both the offense and defense, and the moves paid off in a big way. No longer was Serra a one-dimensional running team. First-year offensive coordinator Steven Lo had first-year quarterback Matthew Fa'aita -- a running back last year -- directing an offense that incorporated two extremes from the offensive spectrum -- the completely compressed double wing of Serra teams in the past and the wide-open spread.

"I'm humbled by these kids,'' Walsh said. "And I know there are a lot of people who love Padres football who have never been so happy.''