Several Castlemont fans greeted Central Valley High School varsity football players and coaches with verbal daggers as the bus they were riding in received an escort through the back part of campus.
“They were yelling things,” Hawks head coach Scott Edwards said. “The kids did a pretty good job of not listening.”
Central Valley did an even better job on the field as it dominated the Knights in all three phases of the non-conference game.
The Hawks prevailed, 48-25, while competing against the Oakland school Saturday afternoon.
“We were in control the whole game,” Edwards said. “Overall, our guys did really well.”
Central Valley (3-3, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) evened its overall record.
Castlemont dropped to 2-3 on the year.
“From a record standpoint, it’s where we should be,” Edwards said. “Our losses should have been more competitive games. Each of our wins should have been by wider margins.”
Moses Ghiorso, Jamarea Lumpkin, Alex Centeno, Anthony Harrison and Zabdiel Pineda helped the Hawks snap a two-game losing streak.
Ghiorso had two rushing touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a score.
Lumpkin also scored twice on the ground.
Centeno rushed for one touchdown.
Harrison returned a fumble for a TD.
Pineda made all four of his point-after kicks.
Central Valley racked up close to 300 rushing yards.
“Moses had a huge game,” Edwards said.
Central Valley led 22-13 at intermission.
The Hawks outscored the Knights 26-12 in the second half.
“It was a little frustrating going into half,” Edwards said. “We should have been up by more. We moved the ball easily. Defensively, we’re getting better.”
Central Valley and Castlemont faced off for the first time.
The Knights were a late addition to the Hawks’ schedule.
“It was a pretty cool experience,” Edwards said. “It was different.”
Central Valley will look to entertain its homecoming crowd this week.
The Hawks will face the Livingston Wolves (5-2, 2-1) on Friday at 7 p.m.
“We get to represent the school, which is the main thing,” Edwards said. “We’re supposed to get a lot of the alumni back. Hopefully, we put on a good show. Livingston’s pretty efficient on offense. Defensively, they’re aggressive. They’re a senior-laden team. They got a lot of experience.”
Central Valley’s final three league opponents are El Capitan, Los Banos and Ceres High.
The Hawks made history last year by qualifying for the postseason and posting a winning record.
“We can’t make the playoffs if we don’t win the first one,” Edwards said while talking about Central Valley’s matchup with Livingston. “That’s our mentality.”