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Ex-Hawks to face their former school
Kyle Martinez, Andrew Betschart and Sterling Shaw envisioned playing varsity football in their hometown of Ceres.

Their plans never came to fruition.

Martinez and Betschart transferred from Central Valley to Central Catholic in 2009-10.

Shaw became a Raider this year.

The three juniors will face their former school this Friday when Central Catholic plays host to the Hawks.

Kyle, Andrew and Sterling talked about the much-anticipated match-up after leading the Raiders to a 47-0 win over Ceres High last week at Bulldog Stadium.

"I actually have dreams about it," said Kyle, who's totaled 35 tackles while playing middle linebacker for the Raiders (5-2, 2-0). "I'm going to play it like any other game but with more aggression. I just want to prove myself."

Betschart, one of Central Catholic's starting defensive tackles, could clash with Central Valley offensive lineman and buddy Wyatt Faulkner.

"It's always fun to play against my friends," said Andrew, who's tallied 25 tackles and 21/2 sacks this year.

Shaw will contribute at running back and strong safety.

He's rushed for 390 yards and five touchdowns in 2010.

He's made 42 tackles and recovered one fumble on defense.

According to Shaw, the Hawks are a very dangerous opponent despite their 1-6 overall record.

"You can never underestimate a team like that," he said. "They have so much speed. I think it's going to be a good game."

Added Martinez: "I got respect for all of their players."

Central Catholic must bottle up Central Valley star running back Tyree Jones (1,001 yards and 10 touchdowns).

"We've seen game film," Kyle said. "He's fast. We have to contain him."

Jones hasn't put too much thought into competing against three former Hawks.

"We just see it as another game," he said.