The California High football team wanted to pass the ball Friday against host Granada.
To say the Grizzlies were successful would be an understatement.
California quarterback Cameron Owen threw for 187 yards and four touchdowns -- in the first half. He finished with 213 yards through the air, and the Grizzlies passed for 240 yards total as they beat the Matadors 56-35 and clinched a share of the East Bay Athletic League title.
"It's something we had our eyes focused on at the beginning of the season, and now we accomplished it," said Owen about the league title.
In the first half, Owen completed 9 of 13 passes for California (8-1, 5-1 EBAL), which held a 28-7 halftime advantage and never trailed in the game.
"That was a fun first half for me," said the 5-foot-11 junior. "Big shout out to my receivers. I put it in their hands, they do the rest."
Cal's Shane Haley made a great running grab of a pass and turned upfield for a 35-yard touchdown at the end of the first quarter. Then C.J. Cornwell made two excellent touchdown receptions in the second quarter, one in heavy traffic for 57 yards and one that he bobbled but grabbed on his back in the end zone on the last play of the first half for a 20-yard reception.
Owen, who completed 11 of 18 passes for four touchdowns and one interception, also rushed for a team-high 80 yards.
Granada (3-6, 0-5) racked up the yards also. Kyle Campiotti rushed for a game-high 169
Kevin Leathley recovered two fumbles for California.
Amador Valley 24, Monte Vista 21: The Comebacks Kids did it again.
One week after rallying from 21 points down to upend Granada, the Dons came back from a 14-0 deficit to stun the host Mustangs and become eligible for the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
Grant Miller had three touchdown receptions from Kyle Moreno during the Amador Valley surge, which ended Monte Vista's chances at an EBAL championship. Miller finished with 222 yards receiving on six receptions.
The night belonged to the Dons (5-4, 3-2), who looked to be in deep trouble after the Mustangs (6-3, 3-2) marched for touchdowns on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead. But the Dons' defense began to assert itself against the misfiring Mustangs, who fumbled four times and lost possession twice.
What explains the comebacks?
"It's a brotherhood," Miller said. "We all love each other. We're family, that's what does it right there. We're family."
Amador cut the deficit to 14-7 on a 15-yard touchdown catch by Miller with 26 seconds left in the half, and after the teams exchanged punts to open the second half, Moreno found Miller on a 46-yard TD pass to tie the game.
The Dons' Dominic Ashley recovered the ball on the ensuing pooched kickoff, setting up Kevan Knaggs' 24-yard field goal that put Amador ahead to stay.
After an inspired Dons defense stymied Monte Vista on its next possession, Amador Valley upped the lead to 24-14 on a 52-yard pass play to Miller as Moreno beat the blitz. Monte Vista cut the deficit to three on a 34-yard TD pass from Nikita Zamora to Zack Chang on a screen play with 8:10 left in the game, but the Mustangs fell short.
"We got really stagnant," Monte Vista coach Craig Bergman said. "We had a fumbled punt. We had a fumbled kickoff, and we missed tackle after tackle. ... And they made the plays and we didn't."
-- Matt Schwab
Foothill 48, Livermore 14: Kyle Kearns completed 13 of 25 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns -- all to Ray Hudson -- to lead the visiting Falcons (5-4, 3-2 EBAL).
After spotting the Cowboys (2-7, 0-5) a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter, Foothill scored the next 41 points, including three touchdowns in the second quarter.
The Falcons recovered a fumble on the Cowboys' 49 on the first play of the period, and one play later Kearns threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Hudson with 11:26 left.
The Falcons drove 71 yards in seven plays with Griffith Gates scoring on a 1-yard run with 3:50 left. Kearns completed passes of 16 and 17 yards to Hudson during the drive.
A short Livermore punt gave Foothill another chance late in the second quarter, and the Falcons converted again. This time Kearns threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Hudson with 1:02 left for a 28-14 halftime lead.
-- Scott Strain, correspondent