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CV defense stymies Enochs on gridiron
Ryan Hendrix celebrates with Central Valley assistant coach Scott Barron after making a tackle on special teams versus Enochs Friday night in Ceres. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity football team rode its dominant defense to a 17-0 win over visiting Enochs Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

The Hawks allowed no touchdowns and just 210 yards of total offense in shutting out the Eagles.

"I'm not surprised at all," Central Valley senior lineman Erik Mejia said. "We got a lot of returning guys. We have really good chemistry. We have confidence in each other. We all do our jobs and have fun."

The Hawks improved to 3-1 on the year.

The Eagles dropped to 0-4 overall.

"They're not underachieving," Central Valley head coach Scott Edwards said. "They're playing well. We still have room to grow and we expect to."

Enochs couldn't slow down Central Valley's rushing attack.

The Hawks racked up 290 yards on 52 attempts.

Jonathan Barragan led the way with 108 yards and one TD on 17 carries.

Carlos Rodriguez rushed for 40 yards and one score on five carries.

Gerardo Solorzano gained 61 yards on 15 carries.

Willie Soriano, Gabe Campos, Efrain Garcia, Nasson Sanchez and Miguel Jimenez totaled 29, 26, 10, 9 and 7 yards, respectively, on the ground.

"Every team we have played has loaded the box and dared us to throw the ball," Edwards said. "But I'm not going to be stubborn. I have faith in what we do and big plays happen. We're not punting or turning the ball over a lot. Those are good things."

Rodriguez had seven tackles on defense.
Sanchez had six tackles and one sack.

Estevan Barragan had a team-high eight tackles and one pass deflection.

Chase Winchester had three tackles and four pass deflections.

David Serrano had two tackles and one sack.

The Hawks outscored the Eagles 14-0 in the first half.

Rodriguez had an 8-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.

Barragan scored on a 9-yard run in the second quarter.

Angel Lopez booted a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Lopez also made both of his point-after kicks and had one touchback during the game.

"The week before, Angel tried a 55-yarder," Edwards said. "We need to give him those opportunities when they arise. He's a pretty special talent."

Central Valley has surrendered just 13 points during their three victories this season.

"I'm not surprised with their level of play," Edwards said. "We knew our defense was the strength of our team going into the season. But I want more."

Central Valley will travel to Tracy this Friday to battle West (0-4).

The non-league game will begin at 7 p.m.

"We'll be focused," Mejia said. "We go into every game with the same mindset-attack mode."