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Coach Edwards to root for CV trio
Hawk players to compete in Rotary All-Star Game
Recent Central Valley High School grads Moses Ghiorso (left), Jamarea Lumpkin and Adrian Badillo have been selected to play in the 30th Annual North-South Rotary All.Star Football Game this Friday in Merced. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Scott Edwards coached Moses Ghiorso, Jamarea Lumpkin and Adrian Badillo for two seasons at Central Valley High School.

Edwards will be a spectator this Friday in Merced when his three former players wrap up their prep football careers at the 30th Annual North-South Rotary All-Star Game.

"Obviously, it's an honor for the guys and our program," Edwards said. "It's a reward for the season the team had."

Ghiorso, a third-year varsity player, was named the Western Athletic Conference's Outstanding Offensive Player this past fall. He also earned first-team, all-conference honors.

Moses led the WAC in rushing yards (1,041), rushing yards per game (173.5), yards per carry (11.4) and touchdowns (14). He fumbled just once.

Ghiorso hauled in 16 passes for 240 yards and one TD.

He tallied 111 yards and one TD on six punt returns.

Moses totaled 244 yards on 12 kickoff returns.

"Every time he touched the ball, there was a possibility of something big happening," Edwards said. "He's a smooth athlete. His skills translate over to football. He's extremely quick. He's got great vision. We knew we could get X amount of points from him each night. It was fun to figure out ways to use him."

Jamarea was a first-team all-conference pick.

Lumpkin ranked second in the WAC in rushing yards (811), rushing yards per game (135.2) and rushing touchdowns (11).

Ja'Quan Gardner, a 2014 Central Valley grad and Lumpkin's older brother, played in both the Rotary and Lions all-star football contests.

Gardner broke the Stanislaus District's career and single-season rushing yard records during his three-year varsity career with the Hawks.

Ja'Quan rumbled for 2,467 yards and 27 touchdowns his senior year.

He totaled 6,014 yards and 67 TDs in 31 career games.

"Jamarea didn't try to mirror his game after his brother's," Edwards said. "That's not who he is. He used his own skillset to enhance our team play. He was his own guy."

Adrian received second-team, all-conference accolades.

Badillo, an inside linebacker, ranked first in the WAC in tackles (59).

He also had two pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.

"Early in the year, we were desperate for leadership," Edwards said. "We challenged some guys and he stepped up. He did it vocally and backed it up with his play."

Ghiorso, Lumpkin and Badillo were rewarded for leading Central Valley to a second-place finish in the WAC standings (5-1).

The Hawks posted a program-best 7-4 overall record and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs.

Moses, Jamarea and Adrian will team up for the final time at the prep level this week at Golden Valley High School.

They'll suit up for the North team.

"It's a time for celebrating what our athletes have done," Edwards said. "I get to be a fan. I take enjoyment in it. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping they do well and stay healthy."