The members of Central Valley High School’s football team shed tears of joy following Friday’s 28-6 demolition of Pacheco on Senior Night at CUSD Stadium.
The Hawks made program history by completing their first undefeated season and claiming their second league title.
“Being the only undefeated team is amazing. Every high school team wants to experience that. It’s a blessing. God is good."Isaiah Hidalgo
“I didn’t realize we made history until the time ran off the scoreboard,” Central Valley senior quarterback/linebacker Isaiah Hidalgo said. “Being the only undefeated team is amazing. Every high school team wants to experience that. It’s a blessing. God is good.”
“It feels good winning it on our home field,” Hawks’ senior defensive tackle Favian Lopez said. “It’s a field I’ve played on since Pop Warner.”
Central Valley won all five of its games and finished first in the Western Athletic Conference South standings (4-0).
Pacheco (3-2, 3-1) placed second.
The Hawks went 4-6 in 2019 and struggled to an 2-8 record in 2018.
“The whole season, we played for each other,” said Hidalgo, who contributed at running back his junior and sophomore years. “We played for the coaches, too. They put so much time and effort into the season.”
Hidalgo rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high 36 carries during his final game with the Hawks.
He completed 2 of 6 passes for 39 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Tristan DeLeon had a 36-yard TD catch.
Tyrell Williams totaled 23 yards on two receptions.
Amari Taylor ran for 39 yards on six carries.
He also caught one pass for 8 yards.
Angel Vega led the way on defense with four tackles, one interception and one sack.
Roberto Tiscareno had four tackles and one interception.
Lopez had four tackles and one fumble recovery.
Jonathan Vierra, Ruben Valenzuela and Joseph Alamo tallied seven, six and five tackles, respectively.
Central Valley’s defense allowed just 10.2 points per game this season.
The Hawks shut out the Panthers 21-0 during the first half of last week’s season finale.
Hidalgo scored on runs of 6 and 3 yards and tossed a 36-yard TD pass to DeLeon.
He rumbled 60 yards for a touchdown with 4:52 remaining in the game.
“The reason we were able to take control is because of how fast we play,” Hidalgo said. “It’s difficult for teams to keep up. We get teams tired.”
“We stayed focused and got the job done,” Lopez said. “Losing was not in our minds.”
Central Valley accomplished both of its goals during the COVID-shortened season.
High school football is normally played in the fall but was moved to the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Schedules consisted of five games and no playoffs.
“I would have liked to play a full season,” Lopez said. “I feel like we would have made playoffs.”
“It was still an amazing experience,” Hidalgo added. “It was fun to be out there. It was a very special year. We made history. The whole team contributed.”