California High coach Eric Billeci was all over the sidelines, screaming at his troops, correcting mistakes in that way only a football coach can.
You could have hardly told that his Grizzlies were overwhelming visiting Amador Valley on Friday night, cruising to a 37-7 victory.
The statistics told a story of domination, especially in the first half when California (8-0, 5-0 East Bay Athletic League) raced to a 23-0 lead. The Grizzlies had a 294-34 lead in yards and a 13-1 lead in first downs — Amador Valley's lone first down had come with just under a minute left in the half.
Billeci told another story. He chewed out quarterback Drew Reil several times on the sidelines. Reil took the message to heart.
"It was a tough game," Reil said. "This whole game, it kind of felt different. It felt like we weren't connecting, it felt like there were some mistakes we shouldn't be having at this time of the season. It's the eighth game and we're just making some rookie mistakes. That can't be happening getting ready for the next opponents. With Foothill and De La Salle next, we can't have these mistakes against these guys. If we have these mistakes, we're gonna be in trouble."
Reil's got a point. Mistakes against the Dons (3-5, 1-4) might not show up in the box score. That won't be the case the next two weeks.
Reil completed 11 of 24 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. Armani Washington rushed 10 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. California's defense held Amador Valley to 143 yards on the night. Starting quarterback Kyle Moreno finished 8 of 18 for 68 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions before being relieved by Patrick Gibbons.
"We won the game, we're happy about the win, but we've still got tremendous work to do," Reil said.