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CV impresses in 2007 debut
To no one's surprise, Central Valley High School struggled during its first varsity season of football last year.

Hurt by a lack of senior leadership and several key injuries, the Hawks finished 1-9 overall and in last place in the Valley Oak League (0-7).

Sporting brand-new hunter green and white uniforms, Central Valley opened its 2007 campaign with an impressive 28-23 win over Los Banos Friday night at Ceres High School.

"I'm not surprised," Hawks coach Tim Garcia. "They've been working their tails off since early December. They came out and played to their ability tonight."

Central Valley used a balanced offense and a swarming defense to beat the Tigers.

Junior quarterback Trevor Mew engineered an offense that racked up 436 yards and four touchdowns.

"The line did a fantastic job," he said.

Mew completed 13 of 22 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore receiver DeAngelo Williams caught six passes for 136 yards and two TDs.

"Nobody can stop him," Mew said. "He's so athletic. He's just going to keep on getting better."

Senior receiver Gerald Garcia hauled in four passes for 113 yards.

Senior tailback Joaquin Casas rushed for 96 yards and two scores on 20 carries.

The Hawks allowed 327 yards of offense, including just 67 rushing. Los Banos quarterback Julio Cortez passed for 260 yards with two TD strikes to senior receiver Joseph Macias and an interception to Central Valley sophomore cornerback Vince Lopez.

Senior Casey Cotta added an 8-yard rushing score for the Tigers.

The Hawks scored on three of four possessions en route to building a 21-7 lead in the first half.

Mew hooked up with Williams on scoring plays of 25 and 13 yards. The second TD came on fourth down.

Casas accounted for Central Valley's third touchdown. He broke a tackle, spun past a defender and bowled his way into the end zone from 14 yards out with 34 seconds to play in the first half.

Central Valley extended its lead to 28-7 with 8:32 remaining in the fourth quarter on Casas' 8-yard scamper, capping a five-play, 99-yard drive.

The Hawks capitalized after recovering a Cotta fumble at the Hawks' 1-yard line.

Los Banos closed the gap by scoring 16 straight points in the final 4:38.

"I had a good feeling about tonight," Mew said. "We came out and got it done. And that's what counts. We were the underdogs."

"It's a huge win for our program," coach Garcia added. "We're going to enjoy it tonight and get ready for Chavez tomorrow."

The Hawks will host the Titans on Thursday at 7 p.m. The non-conference game will be played at Ceres High School.