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Hawks drop league opener
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The Oakdale Mustangs scored three straight touchdowns in the second half and pulled away for a 45-19 victory over Central Valley High School in a Valley Oak League opener for both varsity football teams Friday night at The Corral.

"Not to take anything away from Oakdale, but it was a whole lot closer than what the score shows," Hawks senior quarterback Trevor Mew said. "We had them scared for a second. A couple of little mistakes changed the whole game."

The loss puts Central Valley at 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in the Valley Oak League.

The win puts the Mustangs at 2-2 overall, 1-0 in the conference standings.

Mew passed for 291 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. Both of his interceptions led to Oakdale scores.

Receiver Rick Rogers caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a pair of scores (8 and 7 yards).

Tailback Vince Lopez added a 40-yard TD reception.

Central Valley trailed 17-13 at intermission. The Hawks had a chance to take a three-point lead late in the second quarter but Trevor's slant pass to Victor Tubera from Oakdale's 3-yard line fell incomplete as time expired.

"If we would have scored, that would have changed everything," Mew said. "But you can what-if all day."

The Mustangs and Hawks traded scores to open the third quarter.

Rogers' 7-yard TD catch cut the deficit to five at 24-19.

Oakdale responded with 21 unanswered points to put the contest out of reach.

"We made more mistakes than they did," Mew said. "That was the difference."

Central Valley will play at Sonora this Friday. The Wildcats avoided a huge upset with a hardfought 35-34 win at Ceres High last week.

"We just got to get everybody on the same page, stay positive and limit our mistakes," Mew said. "If we do that, we'll be fine."

JV Hawks suffer first loss

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team breezed to a 3-0 record in the preseason.

The Hawks had their unbeaten streak come to an end on Friday, falling 37-14 at The Corral to Valley Oak League rival Oakdale.

"We just made a lot of mental mistakes," Central Valley head coach Pat Leach said. "That's what I'm disappointed with."

Running backs Tyree Jones and Chris Moscozo both scored once for the Hawks, who fell to 3-1 on the season and 0-1 in the VOL standings.

Central Valley trailed by a touchdown at halftime.

Jones scored on a 60-yard run in the second quarter.

"It was close early on," Leach said.

The Mustangs imposed their will in the second half by dominating time of possession.

"We didn't execute our offense," Leach said. "We couldn't stop the run on defense. They just wore us down."

Moscozo scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter

A holding penalty negated Damarea Reese's 75-yard kickoff return TD in the fourth quarter.