De La Salle, last year's state champions, began a new era under new head coach Justin Alumbaugh before a full house at their home stadium.
The excitement level was its usual high decibel level.
The parking lot was full hours before the game and the residential streets surrounding the Concord high school were lined with cars before the game began.
Robert and Laura Cortez of Discovery Bay have been coming to Spartan football games for seven years now.
They arrived at 4 p.m. and watched the junior varsity game, so they could have front row seats near the 50-yard line.
The Cortezes didn't attend De La Salle nor do they have sons who attend. Their daughters have attended nearby Carondelet High. They started attending games when their daughter was a cheerleader at De La Salle and got hooked.
"We love watching the guys play and we love watching quality football," said Laura Cortez.
Robert Cortez said he expects De La Salle's winning tradition to continue even though long-time head coach Bob Ladouceur retired in January.