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CV accomplishes several of its football goals
Cory Cantalouble (15) recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of Central Valleys 21-7 win over visiting Patterson Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity football team reached several milestones this past week.

The Hawks beat the 2015 Western Athletic Conference champion Patterson Tigers for the first time in seven meetings.

Central Valley set a team record for most wins in a season with eight.

Friday night's 21-7 victory, coupled with Pacheco's 42-41 win against Ceres High, gave the Hawks their first-ever conference title.

"We accomplished one of our goals," Central Valley standout lineman Oso Fregoso said. "We won the WAC. It's a dream we've had since freshman year. We made it come true this year. It's very fun and exciting making history. But we still have more work to do. We want to make a run in the playoffs."

The Hawks improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The last-place Tigers dropped to 1-8 and 0-4.

"We're trying to accomplish all the goals we set before the season," Fregoso said. "On the way, we've proved a lot of people wrong. There's still room to improve."

Ahead 14-7, Central Valley quarterback Willie Soriano sealed the victory when he broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown run with 4:09 remaining in the game.

The Hawks scored twice in the opening half thanks to two botched punt attempts by the Tigers.

Hawk defensive back Cory Cantaloube recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown with 8:23 to play in the first half.

Central Valley tailback Jonathan Barragan had an 11-yard rushing TD at the 9:44 mark of the second quarter.

Fregoso tallied a program-record six sacks against Patterson.

He also registered a team-leading 13 tackles, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble.

Gabriel Quezada collected eight tackles and two sacks.
Estevan Barragan had eight tackles.

Cantaloube, Erik Mejia and David Serrano all had five tackles.

Josh Barrita had two tackles and one sack.

"I saw openings at the line and took advantage," Fregoso said while talking about his career-best performance. "It was a fun experience. I was just playing football, trying to do my job."

Central Valley piled up 241 yards on the ground versus Patterson.

Jonathan Barragan gained 74 yards and scored one touchdown on 15 carries.

He hauled in two passes for 42 yards.

Gerardo Solorzano totaled 51 yards on 10 attempts.

Solorzano also had a 12-yard reception.

Quezada caught one pass for 15 yards.

Angel Lopez made all three of his point-after kicks
Soriano completed 5 of 10 passes for 67 yards.

Central Valley didn't underestimate Patterson.

"That's the kind of game we were expecting," Fregoso said. "We knew we were going to have to earn every yard we were going to get. It's another obstacle we had to overcome."