Monte Vista High clicked in all phases of the game to deliver a 44-26 East Bay Athletic League victory over host California on Friday night.
The Mustangs (5-1, 2-1 EBAL), ranked No. 6 in the Bay Area News Group East Bay poll, amassed 579 yards of offense, and their defense contributed timely stops to hand the No. 2 Grizzlies (5-1, 2-0) their first loss.
Monte Vista's Nikita Zamora completed 23 of 36 passes for 302 yards, with Marco Zamora catching 14 passes for 205 yards. Zack Chang rushed for 171 yards on 31 carries.
"I thought our offense did a great job of keeping their offense off the field and dominating the time of possession," Mustangs coach Craig Bergman said. "We ran the ball effectively and threw it. We kept them off-balance. It was a great overall team win."
Monte Vista led 24-17 at halftime of the high-scoring contest.
The Mustangs scored first when tight end Mason Melin took a snap out of a wildcat formation and ran 15 yards for a touchdown. Cal tied it when Karris Johnson went 65 yards for a score on the Grizzlies' first play from scrimmage. Nikita Zamora hit Jalen Avery for a 45-yard touchdown to regain the lead for Monte Vista.
Cal scored the next 10 points. Nate Grixti made a 23-yard field goal, and Austin Terry scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down to give the Grizzlies a 17-14 lead.
The Mustangs regained the lead on an 8-yard run by Chang and added to their lead with 10 seconds left in the half
Cal inched closer in the third quarter on a 39-yard field by Grixti. Chang scored on a 3-yard run to give Monte Vista a 31-20 lead entering the fourth.
Chang added a 1-yard score and Melin had a 31-yard touchdown on another wildcat play as the Mustangs pulled away in the fourth.
Johnson led Cal with 120 yards on 12 carries. He also had a fourth-quarter touchdown.
San Ramon Valley 22, Granada 7: Cameron Birse passed for 188 yards and three touchdowns, but it may have been the Wolves' defense that made the biggest plays of the night in leading San Ramon Valley to a victory over Granada.
The Wolves (3-3, 3-0 EBAL) made their first big play on defense in the second quarter by stopping Granada's Casey Soltis about a foot short of the end zone on a fourth-and-goal play from the 2-yard line, preserving an 8-0 lead. Then the SRV defense rose up again in the fourth quarter, this time with Ryan Dunn intercepting Granada's Tyler Offill and sprinting all the way to the Matadors' 29-yard line.
Four plays later, Birse hit Matt Turner for his third touchdown pass of the night, putting SRV ahead 22-0 and all but sealing the win.
"I feel like our hard work is paying off," Wolves' coach Mark Kessler said. "We were able to make some huge plays on defense against a very good Granada team."
The Wolves were able to turn their goal-line stand in the second quarter into a 99-yard drive that led to Birse hitting Marcus de la Pena from a yard out to go ahead 15-0 just before the half. Birse was 8 for 8 on the drive, including four completions to JJ Koski, who led SRV in receiving with six catches for 73 yards.
Granada (3-3. 0-2) was able to mount several successful drives throughout the game but was unable to convert key fourth-down situations and had three costly turnovers in the second half. The Matadors were able to avoid the shutout with Offill finding Kyle Campiotti from 22 yards out as the game ended.
-- Matt Rempel, correspondent
Amador Valley 34, Livermore 20: Amador Valley used a balanced attack both on offense and defense for a victory to ruin Livermore's homecoming.
The Dons mixed in a balanced attack on the ground and through the air, accumulating 336 yards of offense. The team rushed for 206, and quarterback Kyle Moreno passed for 130 yards. The senior connected with six receivers, but none for more than two completions.
"Every team we play knows that our two main guys are Kyle Greenan and Grant Miller," Moreno said. "We used that to our advantage and spread the ball around to everybody."
Of course it wasn't all offense as the Dons also got a defensive touchdown just before halftime when Greenan picked off a pass from Livermore's Zach McPherson and returned the interception 30 yards for the score.
Livermore (2-4, 0-2 EBAL) had the game's first lead with a 1-yard keeper from McPherson. But that lead was erased on Amador Valley's next possession when Moreno found Grant Miller for a 2-yard touchdown pass. That score began a run of 34 unanswered points from the Dons (3-3, 1-2).
-- Travis Summers, correspondent