Zach Kline played the game of his life, and the San Ramon Valley High football needed every bit of his outstanding performance.
Kline completed 19 of 23 passing for 337 yards and five touchdowns, but it was his 1-yard touchdown run with two minutes, 57 seconds left that was the difference in a 42-38 victory Friday night over host California in a wild East Bay Athletic League showdown.
"I just came in with a bunch of confidence," Kline, a Cal-bound senior said. "I came in with the mindset knowing I was going to do well and knowing we were going to win."
Kline was brilliant all game and delivered on the go-ahead drive for the Wolves (5-1, 3-0 EBAL), ranked No. 4 in the Bay Area News Group East Bay poll. He completed four passes for 56 yards, including a 15-yard strike to Michael Tagliaferri to reach the 1-yard line. Then he sneaked in to give San Ramon Valley the lead.
No. 2 California (5-1, 2-1) got the ball back and drew a pass interference on the Wolves on the first play of its final drive. But a sack by Kyle Haggard and three incompletions thrown by quarterback Kevin Farley put San Ramon in position to run out the clock.
That was only one of two drives on which the Grizzlies didn't score points, but with the Wolves' potent offense on fire, it was the difference.
Kline helped San Ramon tie the game at 21 just before the half, completing four passes for 66 yards in a 54-second drive and throwing a touchdown to Matt Turner with 4.3 seconds to go.
"He didn't miss," Cal coach Eric Billeci said of Kline. "We ran every coverage we had at him. He was just better than us tonight."
Kline hooked up often with Patrick Worstell, who caught seven passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns.
Cal led 31-28 entering the fourth quarter thanks to a 31-yard field goal by Brandon Brown.
Kline hit Sean Miller for a 17-yard touchdown with 11:38 left to give San Ramon the lead. The Grizzlies retook the lead when Farley threw a 32-yard strike to Armani Washington for a touchdown with 5:57 left. Washington had three touchdowns.