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Hawks brave summer heat
Quarterback Trevor Mew and receiver Rick Rogers walked to the sidelines for a water break after teaming up for a 40-plus yard touchdown during the Central Valley High School football program's seven-on-seven passing scrimmage against visiting Ripon.

They were joined by more than a half dozen of their teammates.

Staying hydrated was important as the temperature topped 100 degrees.

Also, the Valley's air quality was unhealthy due to smoke from wildfires in California.

"The coaches have done a good job of monitoring everything," Mew said. Empty water bottles were scattered on the grass nearby.

Central Valley had a busy passing-league schedule last week.

The Hawks competed against Riverbank on Monday, Modesto High on Tuesday, Ripon on Wednesday and Downey on Thursday.

"It's definitely not fun but you become numb to it," Rogers said when asked what it was like playing in blistering weather conditions. "I heard other schools are taking this week off. We want to get better."

Before each passing contest, Hawk players lifted weights and practiced inside for a combined two hours.

"We're trying to stay out of the heat as much as we can," head coach Tim Garcia said. "This is the only time we're out here. For the most part, the kids have handled it really well. We haven't had any problems. We made sure we had extra water breaks."

No one complained.

"At least we got this breeze," Mew said before leading Central Valley on another scoring drive versus Ripon.

Added Rogers: "Look at our numbers. We have a lot of people here."