SAN RAMON -- Using a potent running attack led by senior Blake Bierwith, the host California High football team got back to its winning ways with a 48-31 nonleague victory over Castro Valley on Friday.

The Grizzlies piled up 378 rushing yards as a team to improve to 2-1.

Both California and Castro Valley (1-2) traded scores in the first quarter as Bierwith collected the first of his game-high five touchdowns after Castro Valley's Namane Modise scored on a 3-yard run.

Turnovers plagued both teams in the second quarter. A Cameron Owen incomplete screen pass was ruled a lateral and Castro Valley returned it deep into Grizzlies' territory, where Demeryah Lane punched it in for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Trojans a 12-7 lead.

After a CJ Cornwell touchdown, California pulled off an onside kick, and four plays later Owen scored on a 33-yard keeper making it 20-12 California.

In the second half, it was all Grizzlies as they continued to punish Castro Valley on the ground. Bierwith racked up four more touchdowns en route to a career performance where he finished with 209 yards on 23 carries.

Castro Valley fell behind quickly in the second half but Modise and senior Nicholas Alfaro kept it respectable. Modise finished with 151 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and Alfaro picked up 148 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Lane finished with two touchdowns and 49 rushing yards.

California 48, Castro Valley 31


Advertisement

Castro Valley 6 12 6 7-- 31

California 7 13 14 14-- 48

CV -- Modise 3 run (kick failed)

C -- Bierwith 15 run (Ketelsen kick)

CV -- Lane 1 run (pass failed)

C -- Cornwell 49 pass from Owen (run failed)

C -- Owen 33 run (Ketelsen kick)

CV -- Alfaro 39 run (run failed)

C -- Bierwith 1 run (Owen run)

CV -- Lane 5 run (kick failed)

C -- Bierwith 13 run (kick failed)

C -- Bierwith 10 run (Ketelsen kick)

C -- Bierwith 5 run (Ketelsen kick)

C -- Edwards 17 run (Edwards kick)

Rushing: CV -- Modise 15-151, Alfaro 10-148, Lane 10-49, Galvan 9-41, Edwards 1-17. Totals 45-406. Cal -- Bierwith 23-209, Cornwell 5-82, Owen 7-52, Guardino 5-23, Niazi 2-9, Aganjuomo 1-3. Totals 43-378. Passing: CV -- Galvan 8-13-0 59. Cal -- Owen 5-9-0 129. Receiving: CV -- Lane 2-21, Tramble 3-16, Wilcox 1-9, Modise 1-8, Christy 1-5. Cal -- Cornwell 3-79, Woolridge 1-44, Guardino 1-6. Fumbles/lost: CV -- 3/2, Cal -- 2/1. Records: Castro Valley 1-2, California 2-1.