The big picture looks pretty bright for the California High football team, but the Grizzlies are choosing to focus on the smaller goals.

One of those was achieved in Friday night's dominating 38-19 East Bay Athletic League win over host San Ramon Valley in Danville.

"It's good to know we qualified for the playoffs," Cal coach Eric Bellici said.

The Grizzlies (5-0, 2-0 EBAL) are playoff-eligible after clinching no worse than a .500 overall record. Having also beaten Monte Vista 45-3 last week, the Grizzlies appear to be the league's top challenger to EBAL favorite De La Salle.

"We're doing some good things," Bellici said. "We're going day to day, week to week. But we're playing some good football."

Cal, ranked second in the Bay Area News Group East Bay poll, took the early lead when Guillermo Rivas hit a 33-yard field goal with 4:26 left in the first quarter.

The Grizzlies' Timmy Merles intercepted San Ramon Valley quarterback Zach Kline on the Wolves' next drive and Cal scored on an 11-yard touchdown run by Brian Krause.

No. 5 San Ramon Valley answered with a 27-yard scoring run by Jordan Weiss to make it 10-7 with 8:30 left in the second. Cal pushed the lead back to 10 on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Drew Reil to Trevor Taft, but San Ramon Valley answered with a 2-yard touchdown run by Kline 24.3 seconds before halftime. The extra point was blocked by Taft to keep it 17-13.


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The Grizzlies seized control on the first drive of the second half, moving 65 yards in 11 plays before Reil scored on a 1-yard sneak. After forcing a San Ramon Valley punt, another 11-play drive by Cal moved 87 yards before Kyle Alvarez (17 carries, 128 yards) scored on an 11-yard run.

The Wolves went three-and-out again and Alvarez scored his second rushing touchdown with 4:22 left in the game to make it 38-13.

Kline, a junior committed to Cal, was limited to 71 yards on 8 of 12 passing with one interception.