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Central Valley routs Ripon Christian
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The Central Valley High JV football team built a comfortable lead in the first half and coasted to a 46-13 win against Ripon Christian Saturday evening in Ripon.

“We just wanted it more,” said Hawks quarterback Trevor Mew. “Everybody played their hearts out tonight.”

Mew completed 9-of-13 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns for Central Valley, which compiled a 7-2-1 record during its inaugural season.

The Hawks won their final five games. They also captured an independent league championship.

“These kids really stepped up to the challenge,” said Central Valley coach Tim Garcia Jr. “They've worked so hard. I think the early start in the summer paid off. We're starting back up with weights and conditioning the end of January. We're excited about the future. With their whole attitude and work ethic, I think we'll be okay.”

The Hawks led 32-0 at halftime. Central Valley forced three turnovers and three punts.

Tony Marques returned an interception 34 yards for a score and Mew threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Tyson in the first quarter.

The Hawks scored 19 points in the second quarter.

Central Valley tallied its third touchdown less than two minutes after Anthony Martinez recovered a fumble at the Hawks' 46. Mew completed three straight passes, including a 7-yard TD strike to Gerald Garcia. Marques helped set up the score with a 31-yard reception.

The Hawks extended their lead to 25-0 on Mew's third TD pass. Mew and Tyson hooked up again. This time for 43 yards.

Ripon Christian turned the ball over on its subsequent possession. Joaquin Casas intercepted a pass at the Hawks' 30 and returned it 30 yards to the Knights' 40. Central Valley's ensuing drive featured four plays. Garcia hauled in a 15-yard pass. Tyson ran for 12 yards on two carries. Garcia made a diving catch in the left corner of the end zone with 12 seconds remaining in the first half. Mew's perfect pass covered 13 yards.

The Hawks let up in the second half. Mew didn't attempt a single pass.

Garcia returned the opening kickoff 52 yards to the Ripon Christian 33. Joaquin Maldonado, a 315-pound nose guard, moved to running back. He carried the ball four times for 12 yards. Maldonado was mobbed by teammates after scoring on a 1-yard plunge with 7:28 left in the third quarter.

The Knights responded with back-to-back scores. Ripon scored on a 16-yard run and 5-yard pass play.

The Hawks scored their final touchdown with 3:36 left in regulation. Marques scored on a 23-yard run. Garcia set up the score with a 50-yard kickoff return.

Central Valley amassed 359 yards of offense, including 139 rushing. Garcia, Tyson and Marques had 115, 74 and 31 yards, receiving, respectively.

The Hawks limited the Knights to 187 yards, including 77 rushing and 110 passing. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier