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Clayton Valley Charter defeats California in Bay Area High School Football


CONCORD — Who had the ball was anyone’s guess. After Clayton Valley Charter quarterback Christian Aguilar took the hit in the shotgun, he was able to switch to running back. Or he could send the ball to a moving receiver.

Or Aguilar could wait and throw it to a receiver with blockers in front of him on a screen.

Or if he was really in the mood for a big play, the quarterback could tear up a deep throw.

California guessed all night and always seemed to choose the wrong answer as Clayton Valley won 49-14 to extend its winning streak to four games, the last three in the East Bay Athletic League’s Mountain Division.

Clayton Valley’s tricky offense had 349 passing yards, five rushing touchdowns and racked up much, much, much more if distance on misdirected plays were counted.

“All my receivers are my favorite receivers, and that’s what makes this offense dangerous,” Aguilar said after the Homecoming game. “The defense doesn’t know who has the ball.”

Nicholas Khashabi (1) of Clayton Valley Charter scores a touchdown past Elijah Cernak (16) of California during the first quarter of their game at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, Calif. on Friday, October 21, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Clayton Valley halfback Nicholas Khashabi rushed for touchdowns with 8:28 and 3:01 left in the first quarter, and in between California’s Jayden Macedo threw a seven-yard smooth pass to Josh Calcagno to make it 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

But as California’s offense stalled as inside passers such as Jordan Palega and AJ Taua created pressure, Clayton Valley couldn’t be stopped.

Aguilar’s two incompletes came on passes dropped by his receiver, and more often than not his targets passed.

Daven Amos and Cody DeMartini ran free, as did Hank Phifer and Ahmad Shatnawi. Shatnawi and Phifer were the recipients of big blocking on more than 25 yard receptions on screen passes.

Phifer finished with 109 yards and a touchdown, and Amos had 92 and a score. Halfbacks Micah Avery and Khashabi also ran for touchdowns in the second quarter, as the team just stomped on the ground after crossing the field.

“I’ve had cramps in these games lately,” said Khashabi, who has scored in three of his six runs. “So I figured the second I didn’t get cramp in a game, I’d score every time, and that’s what I did.”

Macedo left the game for California (5-3, 1-1) after injuring his throwing arm on a run late in the first half. Stavi Booras replaced Macedo, and he and halfback Devan Love pushed the Grizzlies down to finish the half. California’s basket went wide and the teams entered halftime 28-7.

California's Devan Love (4) runs with the ball during the opening kickoff of the first quarter of their game at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, Calif. on Friday, October 21, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/ Bay Area News Group)
California’s Devan Love (4) runs with the ball during the opening kickoff of the first quarter of their game at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, Calif. on Friday, October 21, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/ Bay Area News Group)

The second half went in a rush after a trio of third-quarter touchdowns from Clayton Valley set off a running clock. Avery ran for a touchdown, Amos caught an eight-yard screen, then Phifer slid into the end zone on a seam route.

Aguilar was the trigger for most of the second half and finished with 331 passing yards on 18-of-21 passing and two touchdowns.

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