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Hawks lose time of possession battle, contest to Tigers
Central Valley High School's first offensive play caught Patterson completely off-guard.

Greg Tripp just missed connecting with Anthony Centeno on a 65-yard reverse pass.

"There was no one within 15-20 yards of him," Hawks varsity head coach Tim Garcia said. "He was wide open. That would have given us a 7-0 lead and some momentum."

The defending Western Athletic Conference champion Tigers utilized a simple, straight-forward game plan to overwhelm Central Valley.

Unable to slow down Patterson's powerful running game, the Hawks tired on their way to a 33-0 loss on the road Friday night.

"They frustrated us for a while," Tigers head coach Nick Marchy said. "They have a good team. They kept us on our toes on defense."

The Hawks dropped to 2-4 on the year and 0-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Patterson improved to 4-1 and 1-0.

The Tigers amassed 23 first downs and 406 yards on the ground.

With 400-pounder Tim Tupuola paving the way, George Garcia rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

"It's the first time this season I've gone against someone my size," Central Valley lineman Cristian Chavez said. "It was real physical."

Said Marchy: "We controlled the clock. We used our offense to our advantage."

The Tigers limited Central Valley's potent offensive attack to just nine first downs and 186 yards.

Hawk sophomore Ja'Quan Gardner ran for 134 yards on 18 carries. He caught two passes for 37 yards.

Hobbled by a knee injury, Central Valley quarterback Abraham Navarro was limited to just seven offensive plays. He threw two passes and one was intercepted.

Backup Kenny Lopez completed 4 of 13 passes for 52 yards with one pick.

"I can't stand not being able to practice or play," said Abraham, who had a string of 18 consecutive starts snapped during Week 4.

The Hawks hung tough early before wearing down last Friday.

The Tigers grabbed a 14-0 lead late in the first half.

"We competed with them through the entire game," Garcia said. "We didn't have any problems moving the ball. We just couldn't put it in the end zone."

Added Chavez: "They're not an unbeatable team."

Central Valley hurt itself by committing nine penalties.

The Hawks have a bye this week.