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Hawk defense stellar in rout of Weston Ranch
Central Valley High School's varsity football team beat Weston Ranch 38-14 Thursday night in Stockton to surpass its win total from last season.

"Everyone did their job," Hawks senior quarterback Trevor Mew said.

The victory was the second straight for Central Valley, which improved to 4-4 on the year and 2-3 in the Valley Oak League. The Hawks went 3-7 last season.

The Cougars dropped to 2-6 overall and 1-4 league.

Central Valley's playoff hopes were dashed thanks to an 0-3 start in conference play.

"It's tough because we were so close to being there," Mew said. "We're not a bad football team. We just made too many mistakes."

The Hawks tallied 18 first downs and 364 total yards of offense against the Cougars.

Mew finished with 228 yards on 14 of 22 passing with three touchdowns and one interception.

He also completed four two-point conversion passes.

"It's what I expected from myself with the players around me and coaches," said Mew, who pushed his season TD total to 23.

Receiver Rick Rogers caught seven passes for 78 yards and two scores.

Junior tailback Vince Lopez accounted for 99 of Central Valley's 136 rushing yards. He carried the ball 23 times and scored one touchdown.

Tight end Stephen Fonsworth and fullback Timmy Henley contributed receiving and rushing touchdowns, respectively.

Central Valley's defense turned in its best performance of the season, limiting Weston Ranch to just five first downs, 71 total yards and no touchdowns.

"We had guys flying around and making plays," Mew said.

Central Valley ran off 30 straight points after Cougars defensive end Londell Anderson returned a Mew pick 95 yards for a touchdown early in the game.

Lopez scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter.

Mew hit Fonsworth for a 20-yard strike in the second quarter.

Trevor connected with Rogers on a 9-yard scoring play in the third quarter.

Henley plowed his way into the end zone from 4 yards out in the fourth quarter.

The Cougars cut the deficit to 30-14 on Corey Lee's 65-yard kickoff return.

Central Valley extended its lead to 24 when Mew tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Rogers with 6:20 remaining.

Rogers and Deangelo Williams had two, two-point conversion receptions apiece during the one-sided contest.

Çentral Valley will play against Manteca this Friday at Bulldog Stadium. The VOL contest will begin at 7 p.m.

The Buffaloes edged the Hawks 17-14 last year. "They're a good football team, but so are we," Mew said. "We just want to earn some respect."

Frosh Hawks extend winning streak

Central Valley High School's freshman football team picked up its third victory in a row.

The Hawks defeated winless Weston Ranch 21-6 Wednesday night at Bulldog Stadium.

"We're playing with consistency," said Central Valley all-purpose player Sterling Shaw, who's totaled eight touchdowns in his last four games. "It feels good. People are stepping up."

With the victory, the Hawks (3-2) moved into a tie for second-place in the Valley Oak League standings with Manteca and Sierra.

The Cougars dropped to 0-5 on the year.

Shaw rushed for over 150 yards and scored twice. He also intercepted two passes.

"When I do good, my team does good," Sterling said. "And it builds momentum."

Central Valley's Kyle Martinez starred at linebacker. He totaled nine tackles, including five sacks.

Ben Magana converted all three of his extra-point kicks.

"Sterling had a good, overall game," Central Valley head coach Tim Garcia Sr. said. "I kept him in there more than I usually do. It seems like he runs harder when he gets tired."

The Hawks outscored the Cougars 14-6 in the opening half.

Shaw raced 60 yards for a TD in the first quarter and Greg Tripp scored from 6 yards out in the second quarter to give Central Valley a two-touchdown lead.

Sterling set up his second touchdown-a 24-yard run with 2:17 in the fourth quarter-when he picked off a Weston Ranch pass inside Central Valley's 20-yard line.

The Cougars' final possession also ended with a turnover. Shaw outjumped a Weston Ranch receiver at the Hawks' 10 with 1:01 to play.

"We came out flat," Shaw said. "It's a good thing we finished strong."

Undermanned Weston Ranch competed with a 15-player roster.

"They have great athletes on that team" Garcia Sr. said. "They just didn't have the numbers."

Central Valley will play at Manteca this Thursday.

"If we can handle them up front, we'll do fine," Garcia Sr. said.

JV Hawks end streak

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Weston Ranch 28-6 on Thursday in Stockton.

"We played with a lot more emotion and urgency this week," Hawks head coach Pat Leach said.

With the win, Central Valley moved into a fifth-place tie with the Cougars in the VOL standings at 1-4.

Backup running back Joel Playo tallied two touchdowns for the Hawks.

Tyree Jones and Damarea Reese both scored once.

Jesse Hatfield converted two of four extra points.

The Manteca Bulletin contributed to this report.