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Central Valley secures first VOL victory
Central Valley High School's varsity football team claimed its first Valley Oak League win with a 30-10 victory over East Union Friday night at Dan Cunial Field.

"It's just a relief," Hawks quarterback Trevor Mew said. "We were so close the last three weeks."

Mew threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns to lead Central Valley (3-4), which snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 1-3 in the conference standings.

"He's playing phenomenal right now," Hawks head coach Tim Garcia said.

Deangelo Williams grabbed 10 passes for 113 yards and two scores.

Rick Rogers totaled 132 yards and a TD on 10 receptions.

Vince Lopez added a rushing TD.

The Lancers dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in league play.

"Our kids responded in the second half," Garcia said.

Alvaro Perez's 23-yard field goal gave East Union a 10-6 lead two minutes and 55 seconds into the third quarter.

Central Valley took control of the game with 24 unanswered points. The Hawks were outscored 55-28 after intermission during their previous four losses.

Rogers had a 2-yard TD reception, and Williams caught scoring passes of 10 and 6 yards against the Lancers.

"I knew they were going to make something happen," Mew said.

Trevor attributed part of Central Valley's success to stellar offensive line play. Michael Melton, Tyler Dodd, Chris Beleele, Patrick Smith, Nate Lopez and Alex del Campo all contributed.

"At the beginning of the season, they were really shaky," Mew said. "They stepped up. I'm really proud of them."

Trevor also praised his defense, which was led by linebackers Stephen Fonsworth and Timmy Henley, and lineman Tyler Dodd. Fonsworth and Henley tallied eight tackles apiece. Dodd had six tackles.

"Our defense got some stops and gave us a chance to go out there and make some plays," Mew said.

The Hawks defeated the Lancers despite having three touchdowns called back due to penalties, including two in the first half.

Lopez, Central Valley's star running back, also played sparingly due to a knee injury that was sustained the previous week. His 1-yard TD run brought the Hawks within one point at 7-6 heading into halftime.

Central Valley will play at Weston Ranch (1-3) this Friday. The contest will begin at 7 p.m.

"I'm proud of how the kids have played this year," Garcia said. "It's our second year with seniors. We're definitely moving in the right direction."

Freshmen even conference record

Central Valley High School's freshman football team won its second straight contest on Thursday, defeating East Union 21-12 at Bulldog Stadium.

"There's been a change in the way we've been managing the game," Hawks head coach Tim Garcia Sr. said. "We've been running the ball more than normal. That's been the biggest difference."

With the victory, Central Valley evened its Valley Oak League record at 2-2, while the Lancers fell to 1-3 on the year.

The Hawks relied on a trio of running backs in Sterling Shaw, Josh Claudio and Greg Tripp.

"It's really nice to have skilled players like that," Garcia said. "We got an all-around great team."

Shaw rumbled for 145 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries.

Claudio gained 75 yards and scored once on six attempts.

Tripp carried the ball four times for 50 yards.

Central Valley took a 7-6 lead early in the second half on Shaw's 35-yard TD and Ben Magana's PAT.

Claudio's 40-yard rushing score increased the Hawks' lead to 13-6 at the end of the third quarter.

Shaw's 70-yard run and two-point conversion gave Central Valley a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter.

"The line did a great job in the second half," Garcia said.

The Hawks will face winless Weston Ranch (0-4) on Thursday in Stockton.

Lancers defeat Hawks

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team remained winless in league, losing 28-6 to East Union on Friday at Dan Cunial Field.

The Hawks dropped to 0-4 in the VOL. The Lancers improved to 2-2 in conference play.

Tyree Jones tallied the Hawks' lone touchdown. He scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter.

The Manteca Bulletin contributed to this report.