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CV struggles after tight first half
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The Central Valley High School varsity football team fought hard, but couldn't overcome four turnovers in a 31-6 loss to the Sonora Wildcats in front of a energized homecoming crowd Friday night at Dunlavy Field.

"We didn't take care of the football and it cost us," coach Tim Garcia said. "That really was the difference."

The Hawks dropped to 2-5 on the season, including 1-3 in the Valley Oak League.

The Wildcats improved to 5-2 overall, 3-1 in conference play.

Central Valley trailed by just eight points, 14-6, at halftime.

Sonora's Zach Kerzich accounted for the game's first two touchdowns, including a 16-yard jaunt in the opening quarter and 7-yard scamper in the second following a Hawk turnover.

Central Valley sophomore Vince Lopez scored on a 6-yard run with less than five minutes remaining before intermission.

The Wildcats pulled away in the second half thanks in large part to three Central Valley turnovers. Sonora cashed in twice.

"We shot ourselves in the foot way too many times," Garcia said.

Central Valley's offense had only five possessions in the game. The Hawks were limited to 147 total yards.

Quarterback Trevor Mew completed 9 of 16 passes for 106 yards and three interceptions.

Gerald Garcia hauled in six passes for 69 yards.

Rick Rogers caught two passes for 28 yards.

Joaquin Casas ran for a team-high 24 yards on six carries.

Lopez carried the ball seven times for 17 yards.

Sonora's rushing attack amassed a season-high 291 yards.

"They really dominated the clock and wore down our defense as the night went on," coach Garcia said. "We're definitely not happy with the outcome. The positive things was it was a lot closer than what the score indicated. The kids kept fighting."

The Hawks will look to rebound against Weston Ranch (1-3) on Friday at Ceres High School. Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.