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CV struggles mightily in loss to previous-winless Johansen
A mismatch on paper didn't translate into success on the field for Central Valley High School's varsity football team.

The Hawks struggled to move the ball on offense and get stops on defense en route to a 34-14 loss to previous-winless Johansen Thursday night at Bulldog Stadium.

"There's so much we could have done better," said Central Valley junior Kenny Lopez, who tossed one touchdown and three interceptions while splitting time at quarterback with Abraham Navarro. "We made a lot of mistakes."

Central Valley (1-2) averaged 397 yards and 29 points through its first two games. The Hawks totaled 264 yards, committed four turnovers and punted eight times against the Vikings (1-2). Central Valley had a drive stall at the Johansen 4-yard line as time expired in the first half.

Navarro, Central Valley's starting QB, exited the game with a knee injury late in the third quarter.

Abraham completed just 6 of 19 passes for 69 yards.

Star receiver Greg Tripp was silenced for three quarters. He tallied 92 yards and one touchdown on three receptions.

Sophomore tailback Ja'Quan Gardner was bottled up by Johansen's swarming defense. Gardner rushed for 33 yards on 12 carries.

Johansen running backs Joseph Lopez-Gordon, Codie Corbin and Johnny Uperesa gained 94, 91 and 86 yards, respectively.

"Our tempo was down the whole game," Lopez said. "I don't know what happened."

Central Valley scored twice when the game was out of reach.

Down 27-0, Lopez avoided being sacked and tossed a 73-yard touchdown pass to Tripp at the 5:29 mark of the fourth quarter.

Backup running back Juan Plasencia had a 62-yard TD run with 15 seconds to play.

"I went into the game and tried to execute plays," Kenny said. "I made some mistakes. I didn't let it get to me."

Central Valley will face Grace Davis this Thursday at Downey High School. Kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. The Hawks defeated the Spartans 42-24 last season.

JV Hawks bounce back

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team suffered a gut-wrenching 22-20 loss while underestimating Downey on Sept. 2 in Modesto.

The Hawks didn't lose focus during Thursday's 30-8 win over Johansen at Bulldog Stadium.

"We practiced hard this week," Central Valley all-purpose player Raul Godinez said. "Hopefully, we don't get big-headed again."

The Hawks improved to 2-1 in non-league play.

The Vikings dropped to 1-2.

"The kids responded pretty well," Central Valley head coach Chris Lawrence said. "I was a little concerned that they could have a letdown. Everybody did their job this week."

Godinez scored two rushing touchdowns against Johansen.

Angelo Bermudez and Benjamin Anitelea each scored once on the ground.

Alvaro Rodriguez booted a 32-yard field goal.

"We executed," Godinez said.

Central Valley will play against Grace Davis this Thursday at Downey High School. The contest will get underway at 5:30 p.m.

Hawks fail to finish against Wildcats

Central Valley High School's freshman football team did just about everything right in building a 13-0 lead in the opening half of Thursday's non-league contest with Waterford.

The Wildcats capitalized on several Hawk turnovers after intermission and rallied for a 20-13 victory at Bulldog Stadium.

Central Valley dropped to 0-3 on the year.

"We didn't play four complete quarters of football," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "We didn't deserve to win."

Robert Vargas caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Zac Magana and returned a fumble 35 yards for a score in the opening half.

Aaron Page and Joshua Beleele both had one interception on defense.

"They were fired up at halftime because they were winning," Padilla said. "You have to play two halves of football. We just fell apart."

Waterford scored 14 of its 21 points off turnovers.

The Hawks lost two fumbles.

"They're freshmen," Padilla said. "They're going to make mistakes."