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Central Valley football team tests Manteca
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The final score wasn't indicative of how close the game was.

Central Valley High School's varsity football team trailed by just one point early in the third quarter before being buried 37-7 by Manteca Friday night at Guss Schmiedt Field.

"I'm very proud of the effort," Hawks head coach Tim Garcia said. "We just wore out in the fourth quarter."

Central Valley dropped to 3-6 on the year and 1-5 in the Valley Oak League standings.

Manteca moved to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

The Hawks managed to keep the game close despite tallying just eight first downs and 97 yards of offense.

Running back Vince Lopez totaled 59 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries. He had an interception on defense.

Receiver Greg Mathews amassed 51 yards on six receptions.

Freshman quarterback Abraham Navarro finished 5-for-10 passing with 36 yards and one interception.

The Buffaloes piled up 16 first downs and 326 yards of offense.

Running back Marquis Miller gained 147 yards and scored three touchdowns on 26 carries.

Manteca led 8-0 at the break as Jacob Salas tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Dewey Uecker, and Kiefer Haynes registered safety. Central Valley's defense limited Miller to just 40 yards and kept him out of the end zone in the first half.

Lopez's 5-yard TD run, and Daniel Ochoa's subsequent point-after kick cut the deficit to 8-7 at the 9:23 mark of the third quarter.

Manteca responded with 29 unanswered points, including 22 in the fourth quarter.

Miller had 107 rushing yards and three TDs (1, 6, 28) over the final 24 minutes of play.

Buffalo linebacker Adam DeCosta returned an interception 24 yards for a score with 7:15 left in regulation.

"We showed heart in that second half," he said. "We had some troubles and then we made some adjustments and the coaches told us what to do. In the second half we did nearly everything right."

Central Valley turned in a respectable performance in defeat.

"We earned a lot of respect," Garcia said.

Manteca Bulletin staff reporter Jagada Chambers contributed to this report.