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Bejaran shows potential at Central Valley
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The anticipation is finally over. Central Valley High's football program held its first-ever scrimmage on Wednesday at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High School.

Principal Fred Van Vleck and athletic director Jeff Rocchi watched from the sidelines.

"We've been going against each other for five weeks," said Central coach Tim Garcia. "It's good to get some new blood out there."

Central Valley and Riverbank both scored a touchdown during the 7-on-7 passing contest.

Each team ran 30 plays.

"We started off a little slow on defense but got it together," Garcia said. "We were on-point the whole time on offense."

Marc Bejaran had a productive day for the Hawks. The freshman completed 11 of 25 passes. He had one touchdown pass and two interceptions.

"I was thinking about it (playing quarterback for the first time at the high-school level) last night," Bejaran said. "I thought I was going to be nervous but I wasn't."

Bejaran connected with Gerald Garcia on a long touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone during Central Valley's opening 20-play series. Bejaran completed 10 of 19 passes on the drive, including six to Garcia, three to Tony Marques and one to Joaquin Casas.

Bejaran wouldn't take all the credit.

"I was rolling," he said.

"It really helps to have receivers like Tony and Gerald."

Central Valley settled down after Garcia gave up a long touchdown to the Bruins, who completed four of their first five passes. Twelve of Riverbank's next 15 passes fell incomplete. Matt Worstell and Anthony Martinez both had an interception for the Hawks.

Neither team managed to score on their final possession.

The Bruins completed just 3 of 10 passes.

The Hawks completed just 1 of 9 passes. Freshman Trevor Mew was 1-for-6. Bejaran finished 0-for-3 with an interception.

Mew completed his first pass attempt. Garcia made a nice catch near midfield, beat several defenders and raced down the right sideline to the Riverbank 10. Central Valley was penalized on the 40-yard play. Marques made an illegal block.

Bejaran and Mew are competing for the starting quarterback position at the JV level.

"It's just a matter of getting reps," Bejaran said. "We're both good and smart."

"Physically, he (Bejaran) has all the tools," said Tim Garcia. "Mentally, he's very smart. You tell him something one time and he absorbs it." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier