The pregame fireworks for homecoming were just a warm-up. Matt Winaker lit up Amador Valley in the first half, throwing three touchdown passes and running for one as host the San Ramon Valley football team rolled to an 56-28 East Bay Athletic League victory over the Dons.
Winaker was nearly perfect, completing 10 of 12 passes for 170 yards. He set the tone when he connected with Christian Fuca deep down the left sideline for a 47-yard score on the third play of the game. The Wolves (3-3, 2-0 EBAL) scored on all six first-half possessions en route to a 42-7 halftime lead.
The Dons (4-2, 0-2) fired right back when sophomore quarterback Ronnie Jones scored on a 27-yard run with 8:52 left in the first quarter.
Michael White keyed the drive, going 17 yards on a swing pass from Jones, then bolting for a 30-yard gain on the next play.
San Ramon Valley kept rolling as Fuca and Winaker connected on an 18-yard score, Fuca catching a pass thrown slightly behind him as he dived over the goal line. Marcus de la Pena, who ran for 135 yards, scored on runs of 3 and 9 yards and caught a 3-yard scoring pass in the first half.
Jones tried to keep the Dons moving forward in the second half, throwing a 20-yard touchdown to Parker Newman and running 31 yards for a score in the third quarter. Jones threw for 10 yards and ran for 82.
Granada 41, Monte Vista 9: Granada made it homecoming to remember -- the 50th in school history -- with a thunderous EBAL win over Monte Vista.
The Matadors (4-2, 1-1 EBAL) trailed 9-7 early in the second quarter and then proceeded to score 34 unanswered points over a Monte Vista team that falls to a dismal 1-5 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Granada quarterback Tyler Offill led the offensive charge 153 yards through the air that included a passing touchdown as well as a rushing touchdown. He completed 6 of 10 passes.
On the ground, the Mats were paced by a three-headed monster in Jason Silva (nine rushes for 70 yards), Casey Soltis (13 for 67 yards) and Jacob Shinnick (eight for 65 yards). Each scored a touchdown. In all the Mats combined for 251 yards rushing.
Offill's top target was wide receiver Javonn Williams, who caught four passes for 90 yards.
Granada scored two touchdowns in the final 4:19 of the first half, giving it a 21-9 lead. The first was a 16-yard scamper by Soltis, and the second came with less than a minute to go in the first half on a quarterback keeper by Offill.
-- Steve R. Waterhouse, correspondent
California 24, Foothill 7: The Grizzlies continued their recent mastery of Foothill, using their smash-mouth style to earn a key league victory.
Fans at Cal's homecoming night were treated to a spectacular halftime fireworks show, but the Grizzlies didn't need to be flashy on the field to take care of business against the Falcons.
Cal put together several long, time-consuming drives behind tailback Blake Bierwith, fullback Simi Hingano and a powerful offensive line to dominate time of possession.
"They have better skill players than we do, but we knew that if we stuck together, were accountable to each other and trusted each other we could beat them," Cal coach Eric Billeci said.
It was the first loss of the season for Foothill, which had rolled its first six opponents by a combined 255-42.
The Grizzlies again proved to be the Falcons' nemesis, though. Since taking over as Cal's head coach in 2009, Billeci has never lost to Foothill, a streak of six games.
Foothill (6-1, 2-1 EBAL) actually struck first on Friday, scoring on an 85-yard pass play from quarterback Kyle Kearns to Jamirr Holland on its opening possession.
But Cal's ground-and-pound game kept Foothill's dynamic offense off the field much of the first half. The Falcons ran just 16 plays while falling behind 17-7.
Cal (5-1, 3-0) then opened the second half with a 14-play drive that chewed up more than 7 minutes, 30 seconds of clock. Hingano capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, his second of the night.
With the win, Cal stayed at the top of the EBAL standings.
"As a team, beating Foothill is always really fun," Bierwith said. "Every team we play in EBAL is really good, so every week we have to bring it. We did tonight."
Hingano finished with 106 yards, and Bierwith added 79 yards and a score. Cal rushed for 257 yards as a team, and quarterback Cameron Owen completed 8 of 10 passes for 102 yards.
The Grizzlies also recovered three Foothill fumbles. Blake Brown recovered one of them, and his interception as time expired preserved the second-half shutout.
Kearns completed 7 of 16 passes for 167 yards for Foothill.
-- Stephanie Hammon