Cal faces Clayton Valley Charter in NCS semifinal showdown

Grizzlies could reach D-I championship game by beating Ugly Eagles for second time this season


Samantha Contreras

Senior running back Trevor Rund rushed for 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Grizzlies to a 48-21 victory over Monte Vista in the opening round of the NCS Division I playoffs on Nov. 12.

Cal High’s varsity football team is gearing up for another go-round with Clayton Valley tonight in the NCS semifinals after beating Monte Vista in their playoff opener last week.

The Grizzlies travel to Clayton Valley with a berth in the NCS Division I championship on the line. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.

The winner will face the loser of the Pittsburg-De La Salle game. The winner between De La Salle and Pittsburg will be the Open Division champion.

Cal already beat Clayton Valley earlier this year on Oct. 8 when quarterback Teddy Booras connected with wide receiver Jake Calcagno for a last second touchdown, giving the Grizzlies a dramatic 19-18 victory. These two teams have played each other very close over the last two seasons. Cal suffered a tough 20-16 loss to Clayton Valley last season before getting payback last month.

In a wild first round game on Nov. 12, Cal took down the Mustangs by running away with a 48-21 victory in the second half. The Grizzlies jumped on the board early taking a 7 point lead on the first drive and from there the first half was back and forth. The first half ended with Cal 28-21, but the Grizzlies headed into the locker room knowing it was going to be a fight to the end.

Some halftime adjustments turned the game around when Cal changed their defensive strategies and shut out the Mustangs in the second half.

Senior running back Trevor Rund had his biggest game of the season and was the dagger that did not stop going in this game. Rund rushed 14 times for 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Grizzlies’ offensive attack. Booras completed 9-of-16 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns, while Calcagno had four catches, 76 yards, and a pair of touchdowns.