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Hawks earn respect
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Central Catholic's cannon operator had a busy first half during Friday's varsity football game with Central Valley.

Four touchdowns. Four extra points. Eight bone-jarring explosions.

"It was a little irritating," Hawks all-purpose player Greg Tripp said. "If they don't score, that doesn't happen."

Tripp and Central Valley silenced the Raiders after intermission.

The Hawks outscored Central Catholic, 7-0.

The Raiders won the Western Athletic Conference contest, 28-7.

"We beat them in the second half," Hawks head coach Tim Garcia said. "We have got to build on that."

Added Tripp: "I'm proud of my team."

Central Valley dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in the WAC standings.

Central Catholic improved to 7-1 and 3-0.

Hawk quarterback Abraham Navarro completed 11 of 16 passes for 170 yards with one touchdown.

Tripp had seven catches, 103 yards and one TD.

Greg Mathews caught two passes for 40 yards.

Hawk running back Tyree Jones was limited to 18 yards on 10 carries.

Central Valley's lone scoring drive covered 86 yards in seven plays.

Tripp had two receptions, including a 13-yard touchdown catch in the left corner of the end zone with 8:39 to play in the fourth quarter.

"I'm progressing every week," Tripp said.

Former Central Valley student-athletes Sterling Shaw, Kyle Martinez and Andrew Betschart suited up for the Raiders.

Shaw gained 24 yards on six carries and registered nine tackles.

Martinez and Betschart made seven and four tackles, respectively.

"I had butterflies in my stomach," Sterling said. "I was really nervous. I had a blast playing against them. It was a fun, well-executed game. Nothing dirty. They earned our respect in the second half. They didn't quit. They battled."

The Hawks will travel to Livingston (6-2, 1-2) this Friday to face the Wolves. The WAC contest will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

Central Valley will try to put an end to its five-game winless streak.

"We should be a playoff team," Tripp said. "We have the talent. I feel bad for the seniors because we're losing games."

Raiders 20, Hawks 0

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team showed a lot of grit during Friday's 20-0 road loss to first-place Central Catholic.

"They played their hearts out against a very good team," Hawks head coach Tim Garcia Sr. said. "The score doesn't mean nothing."

Central Valley dropped to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Central Catholic moved to 7-1 and 3-0.

The Raiders limited Hawk star running back Ja'Quan Gardner to 33 yards on 10 carries. He had a 68-yard touchdown run negated by a penalty.

Gardner's TD would have cut the deficit to 7-6 midway through the first quarter.

Central Catholic outscored Central Valley 13-0 in the second half.

Joey Abbate had a 1-yard rushing touchdown and Blake Escobar broke free for a 12-yard score.

The Raiders let the final 15 seconds run off the clock after forcing a turnover on downs late in the fourth quarter.

Coach Garcia praised his players during the post-game meeting.

"You have nothing to be ashamed of," he said. "I brought you back to my former school and you represented."