Kyle Farnady scored on a 4-yard run with 28.6 seconds left and the Granada High football team got its first East Bay Athletic League win Friday, a thrilling 26-22 victory over host California.
Farnady's touchdown capped a seven-play, 65-yard drive by the Matadors (3-5, 1-4 EBAL) that saw senior quarterback Jeremy Mata complete a fourth-down pass play to Matt Richards for a 46-yard gain three plays earlier.
"These guys never gave up," Granada coach Tim Silva said. "Our guys made some huge plays down the stretch, and I'm very proud of them."
California had one last chance as Kevin Farley completed passes of 26 and 25 yards to Armani Washington, moving the ball to the Granada 24 with 5.7 seconds remaining.
Farley rolled out of the pocket, but his desperation pass to Washington was tipped away and the Matadors celebrated their first win over the Grizzlies since 2003.
The Grizzlies defense made two huge plays to give the team a chance to win. Early in the fourth, with Cal (6-2, 3-2) trailing 19-14, the Matadors had a fourth-and-1 from the Grizzlies 14, but Jake Kearney was stuffed for no gain.
With 4:07 left, Richards broke off a big run but was stripped of the ball, and the Grizzlies' Bryan Watkin recovered at the Cal 48.
Farley hit Washington for 24 yards to the Matadors 38. On the next play, Farley found Washington down the right sideline for a 38-yard touchdown to give the Grizzlies a 22-19 lead with 2:13 left after Blake Guardino's two-point conversion.
"We didn't put our heads down after they took the lead," Richards said. "We all regrouped and never gave up."
Granada took over at its own 35 and after two sacks, the Matadors faced a fourth-and-20 from their own 25 with 1:13 left. Mata escaped the Grizzlies rush and hit Richards for a huge completion to the Cal 29.
Farley threw for 224 yards on 10-of-18 passing. Washington hauled in five receptions for 126 yards.