Crosstown-rivals Central Valley and Ceres High faced off in several sports this fall
The Hawks compiled a 2-1 record versus the Bulldogs.
Central Valley notched wins against Ceres High in football and girls tennis.
The Bulldogs prevailed in girls volleyball.
Ceres High came agonizingly close to ending years of frustration against Central Valley.
The Bulldogs suffered a 20-18 loss while battling the Hawks on Sept. 3 at CUSD Stadium.
Ceres High has a 2-14 all-time record versus Central Valley.
“Losing like that hurts more than a blowout,” Bulldogs’ receiver/defensive back Verlis Smith said. “We knew how close we were to winning the game.”
“To come out on top in a game like that, especially against your rival, is definitely special,” Hawks’ head coach Derrick Goblirsch said. “We expected it to be competitive. Both teams thought they were going to win. The game lived up to the hype.”
Ceres High mustered just 218 yards of total offense in defeat.
Bulldog junior quarterback Landyn Hudson completed 8 of 16 passes for 154 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Smith caught five passes for 121 yards and one TD.
Junior Tarrell Lee-Gill ran for 46 yards and one TD on five attempts.
Junior Josh Prestridge gained 37 yards and scored one TD on three carries.
The Hawks had a host of contributors on offense, including Alejandro Hernandez, Elijah DeLeon, Adrian Perez, Roberto Tiscareno, Joseph Alamo, Omar Mendoza and Andrew Torres.
Hernandez rushed for 30 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.
DeLeon totaled 21 yards and one TD on five carries.
Perez hauled in two passes for 40 yards.
Alamo ran for 23 yards on eight carries and caught one pass for 41 yards.
Mendoza carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards and grabbed two passes for 13 yards.
Torres gained 22 yards on two carries.
Tiscareno completed 6 of 13 passes for 105 yards.
Hernandez collected three tackles and two sacks.
Ruben Valenzuela registered six tackles and one sack.
Perez tallied five tackles and one sack.
Anthony Malagon had three tackles and one sack.
Tiscareno had two tackles, one interception and one pass deflection.
Becerra had seven tackles.
Felix Arellano had two tackles and one pass deflection.
DeLeon recovered one fumble.
Ceres High junior Kahmi Smith registered eight tackles and forced one fumble.
Junior Lebron Stallworth had six tackles and one sack.
Verlis Smith collected eight tackles.
Diomar Delgadillo had four tackles and one sack.
Mikey Rivera and junior Tavion Travis both had nine tackles.
Eli Beltan and Austin Munguia chipped in with six tackles apiece.
The 16th edition of the Ceres Classic was close from beginning to end.
Central Valley trailed 12-7 at halftime as DeLeon scored on a 12-yard run in the second quarter.
Lee-Gill had a 5-yard rushing touchdown and Smith hauled in a 77-yard TD pass from Hudson.
The Hawks outscored the Bulldogs 13-6 in the fourth quarter.
Hernandez accounted for both of Central Valley’s touchdowns (13 and 4 yards).
Prestridge’s 34-yard TD run cut the deficit to 20-18 with 4:35 to play.
“If we would have had another shot (on offense), I think we would have won the game,” Verlis Smith said.
“It was definitely high stress the whole game,” Goblirsch said. “They put a lot of pressure on us. We knew they were going to be talented. We were fortunate to come out on top.
“It’s definitely more stressful to coach in games like that,” he added. “You have to make adjustments and coach. It’s definitely fun.”
The Bulldogs lost to the Hawks for the seventh consecutive season.
Ceres High won the inaugural crosstown showdown in 2006 (20-7) and eliminated Central Valley from playoff consideration in 2014 (24-7).
The Hawks defeated the Bulldogs 36-14 in 2020, 55-13 in 2019, 35-0 in 2018, 35-33 in 2017, 52-10 in 2016 and 48-14 in 2015.
Ceres High School once dominated its girls tennis rivalry against Central Valley, winning 15 straight matches from 2006-2013.
The Hawks have held the upper hand versus the Bulldogs since snapping a 15-match losing streak eight years ago.
Central Valley has won 13 of its last 14 matches against Ceres High.
The Hawks improved their all-time record versus the Bulldogs to 13-16 with a 9-0 road victory in non-conference play on Aug. 24.
Central Valley swept all six singles and three doubles matches during the 29th crosstown matchup.
“They did some good things out there,” Hawks’ head coach Mike Rodriguez said while assessing Ceres High’s performance. “We just had more experience than them. They have a bunch of new players. They’re pretty much out there learning how to play. That’s what it came down to.”
Hawk Jessica Saini defeated Bulldog Gurmannet Bahia 6-0, 6-7 (3-7), 10-3 in No. 1 singles play.
Harman Kaur defeated Victoria Ochoa 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.
Malina Keomuangchanh defeated Valerie Raya 6-1, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.
Angelica Medrano Fregoso defeated Jelanie Esguerra 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.
Alika Victorino defeated Kenzy Gallardo 6-0, 6-2 in No. 5 singles play.
Kaitlyn Teng defeated Payton Ogden 6-2, 3-2 (retired) in No. 6 singles play.
Lesly Rivas and Navreet Pattar defeated Melissa Villegas and Alexa Sandoval 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles play.
Leslie Bobadilla and Rinah Dulay defeated Yasmin Pinedo and Isabella Gutierrez 6-2, 7-5 in No. 2 doubles play.
Samantha Perez Mendez and Alondra Robles defeated Gurleen Kaur and Jasmeenjot Kaur 6-3, 6-2 in No. 3 doubles play.
Led by Jada Harris, Kitiana Tuakalau and Jazmyne Arendt, Ceres High’s girls volleyball team topped host Central Valley 3-1 (25-17 25-22, 13-25, 25-17) on Sept. 17.
“Our expectation is the same against any other opponent,” said Bulldogs’ leader Kelly Heese, who previously coached at Central Valley. “Every opponent should be a rival.”
Kylie Maines led the Hawks with nine aces and four digs.
Janessa Godinez collected six blocks and three kills.
Amerie De La Torre had four blocks.
Allie Peterman had four digs.
Sejal Malhi and Victoria Lloyd had three and two kills, respectively.
The Bulldogs didn’t keep track of individual stats for the crosstown match.
Ceres High competed shorthanded against Central Valley as two substitutes missed the contest due to illness and another school-related commitment.