The California High football team is in good spirits heading into Friday's nonleague showdown against visiting De La Salle.
The Grizzlies ramped up their passing attack in a 56-35 rout of Granada on Oct. 26 to clinch at least 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," California quarterback Cameron Owen said of the league title.
Because the De La Salle-California battle in a nonleague game, the Grizzlies (8-1, 5-1) are guaranteed at least a tie for first place in the EBAL.
San Ramon Valley (4-5, 4-1 EBAL) could grab a share of the crown with a victory at rival Monte Vista (6-3, 3-2) on Nov. 2. The Mustangs' league title hopes were dashed with a 24-21 upset loss against visiting Amador Valley on Oct. 26.
The versatile Owen threw for 213 yards and four touchdowns last week, and also rushed for a team-high 80 yards. In the first half, Owen completed nine of 13 attempts for 187 yards and four scores.
"That was a fun first half for me," he said. "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.
Granada (3-6, 0-5) racked up the offensive yards also. Kyle Campiotti rushed for
Kevin Leathley recovered two fumbles for California.
Amador Valley 24, Monte Vista 21: The Comeback Kids did it again.
The Dons rallied from a 14-0 deficit to stun the host Mustangs and qualify for an at-large spot in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
The Dons (5-4, 3-2) will host rival Foothill (5-4, 3-2) on Friday, looking to earn their first win over the Falcons since 2004.
Amador Valley receiver Grant Miller had a huge game with 222 yards receiving, including three touchdown receptions.
Surging Amador also rallied to beat Granada 34-28 the previous week.
"They did a great job," Monte Vista coach Craig Bergman said of the Dons. "I thought that they wanted it more than us. I didn't think that our guys wanted it, and that's a shame."
The Dons looked to be in deep trouble after the Mustangs marched for touchdowns on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead. But the Dons' defense gradually took command, and Amador's passing attack woke up in a big way.
What explains the comebacks?
"It's a brotherhood," Miller said. "We're family, that's what does it right there. We're family."
With the game tied at 14, the Dons' Dominic Ashley recovered the ball on the pooched kickoff, setting up Kevan Knaggs' 24-yard field goal that put Amador ahead to stay, 17-14.
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 touchdown pass from Nikita Zamora to Zack Chang on a screen play, but the Mustangs fell short.
"We got really stagnant," Bergman said. "We had a fumbled punt. We had a fumbled kickoff, and we missed tackle after tackle. ... 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 Falcons.
Foothill took control with three touchdowns in the second quarter. The Falcons recovered a fumble on the Cowboys' 49-yard line. One play later, Kearns completed a 19-yard scoring pass to Hudson.
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.
-- Scott Strain, correspondent