The California High football team wanted to pass the ball Friday against host Granada.
To say the Grizzlies were successful would be an understatement.
California quarterback Cameron Owen threw for 187 yards and four touchdowns -- in the first half. He finished with 213 yards through the air, and the Grizzlies passed for 240 yards total as they beat the Matadors and clinched 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," said Owen about the league title.
In the first half, Owen completed nine of his 13 passing attempts for Monte Vista (8-1, 5-1 EBAL), which held a 28-7 halftime advantage and never trailed in the game.
"That was a fun first half for me," said the 5-foot-11 junior. "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, one in heavy traffic for 57 yards and one which he bobbled but grabbed on his back in the end zone on the last play of the first half for a 20-yard reception.
Cornwell caught five passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Teammate Karris Johnson also produced three touchdowns on a 14-yard reception, a 5-yard run and an 78-yard kickoff return.
Owen, who ended up completing 11 of his 18 passes for four touchdowns and one interception, also rushed for a team-high 80 yards.
Granada (3-6, 0-5) racked up the offensive yards also. Kyle Campiotti rushed for a game-high 169 yards and two touchdowns, and teammate Matt Richards caught eight passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns. The Matadors had three players combine for 192 yards passing.
Kevin Leathley recovered two fumbles for California.
California 56, Granada 35
California 14 14 14 14-- 56
Granada 0 7 14 14-- 35
C -- Johnson 14 pass from Owen (kick failed)
C -- Haley 35 pass from Owen (Cornwell pass from Owen)
C -- Cornwell 57 pass from Owen (Grixti kick)
G -- Richards 12 pass from Soltis (Dremalas kick)
C -- Cornwell 20 pass from Owen (Grixti kick)
G -- Richards 20 pass from Soltis (Dremalas kick)
C -- Bierwith 2 run (Grixti kick)
C -- Johnson 5 run (Grixti kick)
G -- Campiotti 72 run (Dremalas kick)
G -- Richards 63 pass from Campiotti (Dremalas kick)
C -- Johnson 78 kickoff return (Grixti kick)
C -- Cornwell 21 pass from Lorenz (Grixti kick)
G -- Campiotti 39 run (Dremalas kick)
Rushing: C -- Owen 9-80, Aganjuomo 2-32, Johnson 8-31, Terry 7-29, Cornwell 5-17, Niazi 3-11, Bierwith 2-5, Lorenz 1-(-2). Totals 37-213, G -- Campiotti 10-169, Richards 7-40, Soltis 9-32, Granados 4-8, Offill 3-(-6). Totals 33-243. Passing: C -- Owen 11-18-1-213, Lorenz 2-2-0-27. Totals 13-20-1-240. G -- Offill 3-5-0-46, Soltis 4-4-0-54, Campiotti 3-9-0-92. Totals 10-18-0-192. Receiving: C -- Cornwell 5-121, Johnson 3-33, Galan 2-32, Haley 1-35, Guardino 1-13, Terry 1-6. Totals 13-240. G -- Richards 8-158, Soltis 1-26, Campiotti 1-8. Totals 10-192. Fumbles/lost: California 2/0, Granada 5/3. Records: California 8-1, 5-1 EBAL; Granada 3-6, 0-5.