SAN RAMON -- The California High football team turned to its punishing ground game, rolling up 339 yards on its way to a 46-20 victory over Washington.
"Our running game is who we are, it defines us," said Grizzlies' coach Eric Billeci.
Nobody defined that more than running back Blake Bierwith, who led California with 191 yards and three touchdowns on the night.
Bierwith scored two of his touchdowns in the second quarter, helping California build a 23-6 halftime lead.
"He will be our workhorse this year, he is a tough runner and our offensive line did a good job opening holes for him, " Billeci added.
Washington, in direct contrast, turned to its passing game to try and keep pace with the run-happy Grizzlies.
Huskies' quarterback Tylan Vinson threw for 158 yards, completing 11 of 20 passes and two scores, both to Terrance Jones, the second being a 46-yard bomb down the sidelines. Vinson also scored on a 1-yard keeper that pulled the Huskies within 23-12 early in the second half.
But Washington had no answer for the Grizzlies' running attack, forcing California to punt only on its final possession of the game.
The Grizzlies didn't throw much, but quarterback Cameron Owen was effective when he did, completing six of eight attempts and two scores, the first a 5-yard connection with Matt Snyder and then a 20-yard strike to CJ Cornwell.
Zac Guardino notched California's first touchdown of the night, a 12-yard burst to cap the Grizzlies' opening drive. Jones led Washington with eight catches for 115 yards.