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Hawks lose preseason contest to Knights
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Greg Tripp and his Central Valley High School varsity football teammates were fuming following last week's loss to Downey.

The Knights roughed up the Hawks 49-21 Friday night at Chuck Hughes Stadium.

"They were the better team," Tripp said. "They deserved to win. We thought we were going to beat them. We wanted it bad. We didn't perform to our full potential. We just didn't make plays."

Tripp caught 12 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Ja'Quan Gardner gained 113 yards and scored once on 17 carries.

Junior quarterback Abraham Navarro completed 21 of 30 passes for 212 yards with two TDs.

Greg also tallied an interception on defense.

Downey piled up 395 yards of total offense.

Quarterback Aaron Zwahlen tallied two passing touchdowns and one rushing. He finished 13 of 24 for 215 yards.

Richard Lopez caught five passes for 101 yards with one TD.

Juan Vaa-Ayala accounted for 128 of the Knights' 180 rushing yards. He had two touchdowns.

John Kreifels and Conner Purnell added rushing and receiving TDs.

Downey outscored Central Valley 35-7 in the opening half.

The Knights increased their lead to 42-7 early in the third quarter.

Downey utilized a no-huddle offense against the Hawks.

"We weren't expecting that," Tripp said. "They caught us off guard. Defensively, we couldn't get stops. We missed a lot of tackles. We had seven players going both ways. We were tired."

Central Valley's offense moved the ball at will against Downey's defense but failed to cash in three times in the red zone.

"We had chances," Tripp said. "We just didn't execute. It was quiet in the locker room after the game. But no one was pointing fingers. We win and lose as a team."

The Hawks dropped to 1-1 in non-conference play.

Downey (1-1) evened its record.

Central Valley will face Johansen (0-2) this Thursday at Ceres High School.

"We're going to let some anger out," Tripp said.