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California bounces back, flattens previously undefeated Milpitas

California bounces back, flattens previously undefeated Milpitas

After a tough three-point setback against No. 4 Pittsburg last Friday, California coach Danny Calcagno had a message for his players.

“The mantra for this week was no letdown,” he said.

The host Grizzlies (3-2) got the message as they rolled to a 48-6 rout of previously undefeated Milpitas.

California built a 28-0 lead in the first quarter, scored all 48 points in the first half and snapped the ball maybe 10 times after intermission thanks to a running clock.

“The kids seemed pretty focused,” Calcagno said.

Quarterback Jayden Macedo threw four touchdown passes and junior tight end Chase McGill caught two for touchdowns.

But the stat of the night belonged to sophomore outside linebacker Carson Fife, who blocked three punts.

Calcagno, a veteran coach who led teams at San Leandro High and Chabot College before taking the California job, couldn’t recall having seen that before.

None of the blocked punts landed in the end zone, but they all set up the Grizzlies in good field position.

California players celebrate after winning the Milpitas at California high school football game on Friday, September 22, 2023, at California High School in San Ramon, Calif.(Thien-An Truong for Bay Area News Group) 

For the Trojans (3-1), the toughest part of their schedule is now behind them. The Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division offers plenty of challenges with teams such as Capuchino (4-0), Aragon (3-1) and Terra Nova (3-1).

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But none are as good as the Grizzlies, who have proven themselves to be contenders in the East Bay Athletic League Mountain, the toughest division in the East Bay with De La Salle, San Ramon Valley and Clayton Valley.

California’s Josh Calcagno(7) asks his partner to homecoming after the Milpitas at California high school football game on Friday, September 22, 2023, at California High School in San Ramon, Calif.(Thien-An Truong for Bay Area News Group) 
California’s Arjun Banerjee(13) scans the field during the 2nd half of the Milpitas at California high school football game on Friday, September 22, 2023, at California High School in San Ramon, Calif.(Thien-An Truong for Bay Area News Group) 
Milpitas’ Jacob Souza(9) runs for yardage during the 2nd half of the Milpitas at California high school football game on Friday, September 22, 2023, at California High School in San Ramon, Calif.(Thien-An Truong for Bay Area News Group) 
California’s Josh Calcagno(7) runs for yardage during the 1st half of the Milpitas at California high school football game on Friday, September 22, 2023, at California High School in San Ramon, Calif.(Thien-An Truong for Bay Area News Group) 
The sun sets during the 1st half of the Milpitas at California high school football game on Friday, September 22, 2023, at California High School in San Ramon, Calif.(Thien-An Truong for Bay Area News Group) 
California students wave flags around at the “USA Theme Game” during the 1st half of the Milpitas at California high school football game on Friday, September 22, 2023, at California High School in San Ramon, Calif.(Thien-An Truong for Bay Area News Group)