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CV loses VOL game, key player
Central Valley High School's varsity football team never recovered after senior standout Rick Rogers was taken off the field with a right knee injury in the third quarter.

Down by just four points, the Hawks surrendered two unanswered touchdowns on their way to a 32-14 loss to Manteca Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

"It was tough," Central Valley senior quarterback Trevor Mew said. "I tried to stay positive and keep the offense going. We just needed to step up and make plays."

With the loss, Central Valley (2-4) dropped into a tie for fifth place in the Valley Oak League standings with Ceres High. The crosstown rivals will tangle in the third installment of the Ceres Classic this Friday at Bulldog Stadium. The finale will begin at 7 p.m.

Mew finished 21-for-34 for 305 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions against the third-place Buffaloes (4-2 VOL). Trevor played with a severe stomach virus. He had a 104-degree temperature the day before the game.

"I was dehydrated, tired and hungry," Mew said. "Hopefully this flu bug runs its course."

Rogers caught nine passes for 207 yards and one TD prior to being injured during a kickoff return. Four minutes earlier, Rick caught a pass over the middle from Mew and raced 75 yards for a score to give the Hawks a 14-12 lead.

"He (Rick) doesn't deserve that," Mew said. "He's worked hard all four years."

Junior running back Vince Lopez had five receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown. He also gained 75 yards on 11 carries.

The Buffaloes were led by Marquis Miller, who accumulated 134 of his 166 rushing yards and three touchdowns after intermission. His 17-yard TD run gave Manteca a 25-14 lead with 7:46 to play.

Central Valley dominated time of possession in the first half, but only had a slim 8-6 lead to show for it.

The Hawks marched 58 yards in seven plays on their opening possession. Mew completed five of six passes, hooking up with Lopez for a 22-yard score. Trevor and Rick accounted for the two-point conversion.

JV Hawks score first in loss

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team outplayed first-place Manteca in the early going of their VOL contest on Friday.

The Hawks couldn't sustain the momentum though, as the Buffaloes scored six consecutive touchdowns over the final 30 minutes on their way to a 43-13 victory at Bulldog Stadium.

"We would have had to play a perfect game to beat them," Central Valley coach Pat Leach said. "We made too many mistakes."

Manteca moved to 6-0 in the VOL. The fifth-place Hawks fell to 1-5 in the conference standings.

Central Valley didn't have any trouble moving the ball against Manteca's defense in the first quarter.

Greg Mathews hauled in a 24-yard TD pass from Jesse Hatfield on the Hawks' second possession.

Hatfied and Damarea Reese excited their home crowd when they combined for a 55-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.