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Hawks overwhelmed!
Tyree Jones, an outspoken leader for Central Valley High School's varsity football team, sobbed during Friday's post-game celebration at Bulldog Stadium.

Jones and his younger sibling Greg Tripp each scored three touchdowns to lead the Hawks to a 55-24 victory over Ceres High in the Fifth Annual Ceres Classic.

Tyree, a senior tailback, rushed for a school-record 391 yards.

Greg had a career night while starring at receiver.

"It's hard to explain," Jones said while fighting back tears. "It's very special. This is my first season with my younger brother and last one."

"It's rare for something like that to happen," Tripp added.

For the fourth straight year, Central Valley beat Ceres High.

The Hawks posted a 2-8 overall record and finished fifth in the Western Athletic Conference (1-4).

The Bulldogs went 1-9 and 0-5 (last place).

"We ended the season on a positive note," Central Valley head coach Tim Garcia said.

Ceres High quarterback Nick Welsh passed for 188 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He ran for 57 yards on 12 carries.

Bryson Waring gained 42 yards on 13 carries. Waring led the Bulldogs' freshman team to a 26-7 win against the Hawks in 2008.

Receiver Josh Sasamoto caught four passes for 114 yards and one touchdown.

Fullback Anthony Amifar scored twice.

Ceres High kept the game close for three quarters.

The Bulldogs had leads of 8-7 and 16-13.

Tripp's 4-yard touchdown reception and Daniel Ochoa's PAT put the Hawks ahead 27-16 with 10 seconds to play in the first half. Central Valley defensive back Anthony Centeno helped set up the score with an interception.

Sasamoto's 80-yard TD catch and run and Waring's two-point conversion cut the deficit to 34-24 late in the third quarter.

"It was a dogfight," Garcia said.

Central Valley put the game out of reach by tallying touchdowns on four of its final five possessions.

Jones scored on runs of 69 and 35 yards.

Tripp caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Abraham Navarro.

Senior running back Terrence Sadler accounted for the Hawks' final score (18 yards).

Cameras flashed as Central Valley players and coaches hoisted the Ceres Classic trophy into the air minutes after the crosstown battle ended.

Kenny Chesney's hit song "The Boys of Fall" played over the loudspeaker.

It was a memorable night for the Hawks.

"To see all these people smiling is incredible," Jones said. "I knew we were going to win. It's an incredible feeling."

"This sucks," Waring said as he watched Central Valley celebrate another victory over Ceres High. "I hate losing more than anything. It's going to stick with us until next time we play. It's going to push us to work harder."