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The Clash: CV vs. CHS

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The Clash: CV vs. CHS

Central Valley continued its run of dominance against crosstown-rival Ceres High under new head coach Jason McCloskey’s guidance last season. The Hawks won 40-13 and improved their all-time record...

POSTED August 29, 2013 10:18 a.m.

As the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard, head coach Jason McCloskey found himself the target of an ice-water bath.

Minutes later, the members of Central Valley High School's varsity football program hoisted the Ceres Classic perpetual trophy as excited parents, family members and classmates stood nearby as cameras flashed.

It's a postgame scene the Hawks have become all-too familiar with whenever when facing crosstown-rival Ceres High.

"I didn't like to get drenched with water," McCloskey said. "I told them to not get me wet and they got me. But it was fun. The game means a lot to the kids and town. You don't have to hype it up as a coach."

Central Valley will try to best crosstown-rival Ceres High for the seventh consecutive season in 2013. The Hawks outscored the Bulldogs 243-111 the past six meetings.

"They'll be coming for the trophy," McCloskey said. "I just hope it's a competitive game, both teams play well and we win. We won't take Ceres High lightly. We'll prepare for them."

The Hawks overwhelmed the Bulldogs 40-13 in front of a packed crowd last season.

Central Valley rolled up a season-high 489 yards of total offense-425 rushing on 41 attempts.

Ja'Quan Gardner gained 215 yards and scored three touchdowns on 13 carries. He also caught a 38-yard TD pass from Abraham Navarro.

Angelo Bermudez carried the ball seven times for 101 yards.

Kendel Johnson, Juan Plasencia and Ben Anitelea ran for 53, 30 and 22 yards, respectively.

Ben scored once on the ground.

Anitela, who also doubled as Central Valley's middle linebacker, made six tackles, registered one sack and intercepted one pass. Ben exited the game in the first half after sustaining a concussion while making a hard-hitting tackle.

Kenny Lopez blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by Navarro in the final period.

Central Valley's defense racked up five sacks, forced seven punts and allowed just 160 yards.

Ceres High was limited to 27 rushing yards on 16 carries.

Jorge Arroyo had 22 yards and one TD on five carries. Arroyo returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Caden Johnson, the Stanislaus District's best receiver, re-aggravated a right shoulder injury in the first half and didn't return to the game. Johnson caught one pass for 11 yards.

Blake Hurst completed 8 of 18 passes for 71 yards.

Devon Ruger finished 4-for-7 passing for 62 yards with one interception and rushed for 28 yards on five carries.

Gardner scored three times and Anitelea found the end zone once as the Hawks built a commanding 28-7 lead in the opening half.

Ja'Quan had a pair of rushing TDs (72 and 2 yards) in the first quarter.

Arroyo's 1-yard touchdown run and Ruger's point-after kick cut the deficit to 21-7.

Gardner caught a swing pass and raced 38 yards for a score as time expired in the second quarter.

"There was high anxiety at the start of the game," McCloskey said. "We didn't take them lightly. We thought they were dangerous. They had a lot of talent. They gave us everything they got. We had a good game plan, executed and didn't make any mistakes."

The Hawks finished the 2012 season with a 5-5 overall record and 2-4 mark in the Western Athletic Conference standings (fifth).

The Bulldogs went 2-8 overall and 0-6 in the WAC (last place).

Central Valley fell one win shy of advancing to the postseason for the first time in program history.

Central Valley will close out the 2013 regular season against Ceres High on Nov. 8 at Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

"That's a long ways away," McCloskey said. "It would be great if it was a battle for playoff positions. It's going to be a dogfight. That's what makes it fun. You'll see a well-coached game. We have mutual respect for each other."

The Hawks edged the Bulldogs 21-20 at the Modesto Junior College 7-on-7 passing tournament during the summertime.

The Ceres Classic perpetual trophy has been a fixture at Central Valley since 2007.

Will the coveted piece of hardware remain with the Hawks for another year?

"Our goal is to try to do our best to make sure that trophy stays in our lunch room," McCloskey said. "It's something we take pride in trying to win. The switch turns full focus to Ceres High as soon as the previous week's game is done."



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