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Central Valley challenges first-place Los Banos
Hawks drop to 5-4 overall, 2-3 in conference standings
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Central Valley High School's varsity football team did more than just put up a fight against Los Banos.

The Hawks challenged the Tigers in the rain and mud Friday night.

Los Banos kept its perfect record in Western Athletic Conference play intact with a 14-8 homecoming win over visiting Central Valley.

"We were very confident going into the game," Hawks all-everything Moses Ghiorso said. "We had a shot to win. It was really competitive. They just executed better and we made some mistakes."

Central Valley dropped to 5-4 on the year and 2-3 in the WAC.
Los Banos improved to 7-2 and 5-0.

"We put up a lot of points the last three games," Ghiorso said. "We couldn't get our offense going because of the rain. We were slipping. They didn't do anything special, either."

Central Valley piled up 183 rushing yards on 41 carries.

Moses Ghiorso rumbled for a team-high 130 yards and one touchdown on 15 attempts. He also caught two passes from Alex Centeno for 66 yards.

Jamarea Lumpkin, Angelo Bermudez and Jonathan Barragan gained 35, 24 and 15 yards, respectively.

Ghiorso had one interception on defense.

Anthony Harrison, Josh Beleele and Jayden Garcia collected 12, 11 and seven tackles, respectively.

The Tigers mustered just 54 rushing yards.

"If it wasn't raining, we would have scored a lot more," Ghiroso said. "I couldn't cut because it was so muddy. They couldn't pass against us because the rain was so bad."

The Hawks won the statistical battle but were hurt by a pair of untimely mistakes that led to Tiger touchdowns in the second quarter.

Los Banos recovered a blocked punt inside Central Valley's 5-yard line.

The Hawks also lost a fumble inside their own 20-yard line.

Ghiorso scored on a 45-yard run as Central Valley grabbed a 6-0 lead early in the second period.

"I'm pretty sure they thought they were going to beat us by a lot," Ghiorso said. "They had a better record than us. It was a really good game. We could have. We had a lot of opportunities to score. We just made some mistakes. We played good defense the whole game."