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Central Valley football loses 62-19 to Patterson
Hawks drop to 4-5 on the year
Gabriel Rodriguez and Central Valley will compete against crosstown-rival Ceres High this Friday at Bulldog Stadium. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity football team had its Sac-Joaquin Section playoff hopes dashed by 2017 Western Athletic Conference champion Patterson this past week.

The 2016 WAC champion Hawks lost 62-19 to the Tigers Friday night at Patterson Community Stadium.

"There was a lot of pressure," Central Valley senior lineman David Serrano said. "We knew we had to beat Patterson (to remain in the hunt for a playoff berth). Our season is ending early. It hurts. We didn't accomplish our goals. We have to move on to the next game and finish off the year strong."

The Hawks dropped to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference standings.

Winner of its last seven games, Patterson improved to 8-1 and 4-0.

"They got a lot of talent," Serrano said. "They know how to play together."

Patterson limited Central Valley to 200 total yards, eight first downs and three scores on offense last week.

Hawk quarterback Miguel Jimenez finished 13 of 22 for 116 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Jimenez threw an 18-yard TD pass to James Murphy.

Miguel scored on a 1-yard run as well.

Jimenez also completed passes to James Benites (2-37), Nasson Sanchez (4-23), Estevan Barragan (4-22) and Darin Andrews (2-16).

Central Valley averaged just 3.0 yards per attempt on the ground.

The Hawks mustered 84 yards on 28 carries.

Barragan gained 50 yards and scored one touchdown on 13 carries.

Kyle Hendrix carried the ball five times for 18 yards.
Sanchez and Ryan Palecek had 9 and 6 yards, respectively.

Patterson rolled up 448 yards of offense-300 passing and 148 rushing-versus Central Valley.

Barragan and Sanchez both made a team-high 10 tackles on defense.

Andrews and Daniel Alvarez registered five tackles apiece.

Hendrix, Mark Ramirez, Tyler Beckhart and Anthony Ocanas all collected four tackles.

"I was a little surprised," Serrano said while talking about the Tigers' dominant offensive performance. "Our defense has been pretty solid throughout the season. We could have pressured their quarterback more and stopped their outside run."

Central Valley allowed 27 points in the first quarter on its way to falling behind 41-13 in the opening half.

Barragan (6 yards) and Jimenez (1 yard) each had one rushing TD in the second quarter.

The Hawks were outscored 21-6 during the second half

Jimenez tossed a touchdown pass to Murphy in the third quarter.

Central Valley needed to pull off a major upset to keep its postseason hopes alive.

Patterson topped its previous six opponents by a combined score of 277-115.

"The whole team's mindset was the same going into the game," Serrano said. "We had to play to our hardest ability. That's what mattered to us the most. We didn't give up."

The Tigers prevented the Hawks from securing their third straight playoff berth.

Central Valley won all five of its games en route to winning its first-ever conference title a year ago.

"I'm very surprised we didn't make it to playoffs," Serrano said.

Central Valley will battle crosstown-rival Ceres High (3-6, 0-4) this Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

The contest will get underway at 7 p.m.

The Hawks have an all-time record of 9-2 against the Bulldogs. "We don't want to end the season with a loss," Serrano said.