The visiting Matadors took a defensive-minded victory over the rival Cowboys to clinch a winning overall record in the teams' East Bay Athletic League season finales.
The Matadors, who had already qualified for the North Coast Section Division 1 playoffs, led 10-0 at halftime after limiting the Cowboys to one late first down.
"Our defense has been great all year, and they were spectacular," Granada coach Tim Silva said. "They did a great job."
Matadors quarterback Tyler Offill completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jason Silva with 4 minutes, 6 seconds left in the half, increasing the lead to 10-0. The score came six plays after Nick Campiotti intercepted Travis Adams at the Livermore 29-yard line. The Matadors (6-4, 3-3) opened the scoring on a 21-yard Matthew Dremalas field goal in the first quarter.
Granada had a chance to increase the lead late in the half, but Dremalas' 40-yard attempt was blocked by Jacob House.
The Cowboys (2-8, 0-6), the only Division II team in the EBAL, have qualified for the NCS Division II playoffs based on two nonleague wins over Division II opponents.
The Matadors and Cowboys both played inspired defense. Granada limited Livermore to negative-2 yards rushing. Livermore held Granada to 84 yards rushing. The Matadors were forced to punt on their first four possessions of the second half, getting just one first down over the stretch.
"We had a frustrating end to our regular season, but I love coaching the kids," Livermore coach Greg Haubner said.
Granada ended the regular season with back-to-back wins, including a 42-21 win over Amador Valley in which the Matadors clinched their first playoff berth since 2010. They advanced to the Division I semifinals that year.
In spite of its winless league record, Livermore has been playing solid defense. The Cowboys held explosive league champion California to 21 points on Nov. 1 after surrendering 16 to Monte Vista and 10 to Amador Valley. But Haubner and his bunch wore long faces after Thursday's loss.
"They outplayed us tonight," Haubner said. "We couldn't get a lot going on offense, and when we did we couldn't finish it. We had a couple of opportunities, but couldn't capitalize. Credit to them. They played great defense. Coach Silva does a good job with his guys. It's a rivalry game."
The Matadors put heavy pressure on Adams all night, and he kept bouncing back. After the Matadors' touchdown, Aaron Andrews and Artemio Fennoy each sacked Adams on the Cowboys' next possession
Livermore's offense struggled to get on track in the first half as the Matadors stymied the inside handoffs and read screen plays well The Cowboys managed two yards rushing and 30 receiving in the half.
Thursday EBAL Granada 10, Livermore 0
Granada 3 7 0 0-- 10
Livermore 0 0 0 0-- 0
G --Dremalas 21 FG
G -- Silva 4 pass from Offill (Dremalas kick)
Rushing: G -- Shinnick 11-44, Soltis 8-24, Silva 4-11, Offill 1-5. Totals 21-84. L -- Silva 8-16, Foscolina 1-(-1), Harris 4-0, Adams 10-(-17). Totals 23-(-2). Passing: G -- Offill 8-17-0 162, Soltis 0-2-0 0. Totals 8-19-0 151. L -- Adams 11-22-1 106. Receiving: G -- Revay 5-131, Soltis 1-8, Silva 2-23. Totals 8-162. L -- Foscolina 4-39, Harris 2-35, Wright 5-32. Totals 11-106. Fumbles/lost: Granada -- 1/1, Livermore -- 0/0. Records: Livermore 2-8, 0-6 EBAL, Granada 6-4, 3-3.