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CV loses offensive showcase
Central Valley's and Modesto High's varsity football teams put on an offensive showcase last Friday at Chuck Hughes Stadium.

The Hawks and Panthers combined for 97 points, 1,033 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Unfortunately, Central Valley fell 56-41 to heavily-favored Modesto High.

"I'm mad that we lost," Hawks quarterback Abraham Navarro said. "But I'm happy that we didn't give up. It shows the character of our team."

Modesto High (4-1) piled up 646 yards of total offense, including 389 rushing and 257 passing. The Panthers had five scoring drives of 80 or more yards.

"They couldn't stop us either," Navarro said.

Central Valley (1-3) racked up 387 yards of total offense, including 232 on the ground.

Tyree Jones ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He also had an 18-yard reception.

Terrence Sadler rushed for 63 yards.

Cody Melton added 31 yards and one score.

Navarro completed 9 of 15 passes for 155 yards with three touchdowns to Greg Mathews.

Greg Tripp caught four passes for 82 yards.

Central Valley grabbed a surprising 14-6 lead midway through the first quarter.

Jones' third carry resulted in a 29-yard touchdown run.

Tyree's 8-yard TD scamper, which was set up by Wyatt Faulkner's fumble recovery, and Daniel Ochoa's point-after kick put the Hawks ahead by eight points.

Modesto High responded with 28 unanswered points for a 42-21 advantage at the break.

Central Valley's first possession of the second half consisted of eight plays and 60 yards. Navarro capped the drive with a 9-yard TD strike to Mathews.

Abraham and Greg combined for scoring plays of 16 and 20 yards in the fourth quarter.

Navarro, Mathews and their Hawks teammates battled until the final seconds ticked off the clock.

"There's nothing to be ashamed of," Central Valley coach Tim Garcia said. "We outplayed them in the second half. That's exactly what we wanted to see. We just gave them too many opportunities in the first half."

Central Valley will play host to Enochs (2-2) this Friday at Bulldog Stadium. The non-league game will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

JV Hawks improve to 3-1 on the year

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team has been on a roll since dropping its season opener by one point to Downey.

The Hawks won their third straight game, 35-25 over Modesto High on Friday at Chuck Hughes Stadium.

"I'm very surprised at how well we've played," head coach Tim Garcia Sr. said. "We have a lot of freshmen on the team. They're meshing well with the sophomores. I'm real proud of them."

Central Valley all-purpose player Ja'Quan Gardner continues to wow spectators.

He rushed for three touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a score against Modesto High.

Gardner was quick to give credit to his teammates, including Jesus Medina, Adrian Arellano, Jeffrey Reeves, Victor Vizcarrondo and Jose Tinoco.

"Our line set the right blocks and I hit the right holes," Gardner said. "We executed our game plan."

Arellano, who also doubles as Central Valley's kicker, converted all five of his PATs.

The Hawks outscored the Panthers 28-13 in the opening half.

Gardner ripped off a 55-yard touchdown run on Central Valley's first offensive play.

Seven minutes later, Ja'Quan took a handoff from Hawk quarterback Kenny Lopez and ran 3 yards for a score.

Gardner had an 80-yard kickoff return touchdown in the second quarter.

Lopez tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Juan Plasencia just before intermission.

Ja'Quan rumbled for a 50-yard score in the second half.

Gardner tallied 13 touchdowns through Central Valley's first four games.

"If we win, it's satisfying," he said. "I don't care how many times I score."

Hawks shut out

Central Valley High School freshman football coach Jesse Padilla benched three of his starters for the entire first half of Friday's non-conference contest with Modesto High.

The Hawks (1-2) never recovered in losing 25-0 to the Panthers at Chuck Hughes Stadium.

"We're a totally different team when key players are in there," Padilla said.