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CV drops to 2-2 overall following 14-6 loss to Enochs
Miguel Jimenez (5) and Central Valleys varsity football team was limited to 158 yards of total offense and one touchdown during Friday nights 14-6 loss to the host Enochs Eagles. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley varsity football players put their hands on their hips and dropped their heads as Enochs quarterback Austin England took a knee to run out the clock.

"It's a helpless feeling," Hawks two-way lineman David Serrano said.

It was a disappointing night for the Central Valley, which struggled mightily on offense in losing 14-6 to the host Eagles on Friday at Johansen High School.

"We had a solid week of practice," Serrano said. "I don't know what caused us to lose focus during the game. We just didn't execute."

The Hawks dropped to 2-2 on the year.

The Eagles improved to 2-2 overall.

Central Valley defeated Enochs 17-0 in 2016.

"We need to bounce back," Serrano said.

Enochs limited Central Valley to 158 yards and one touchdown last week.

The Hawks contributed to their own downfall by committing three turnovers.

Central Valley quarterback Miguel Jimenez completed 11 of 23 passes for 79 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Hawk running back Estevan Barragan was limited to 52 yards and one TD on 17 carries.

Barragan totaled 38 yards on four receptions.

Ryan Palecek rushed for 19 yards on eight attempts and caught one pass for 4 yards.

Phil Jackson, Gabriel Story, James Murphy and Derek Bolivar chipped in with 18, 10, 6 and 5 yards, respectively, through the air.

"It's a team effort," Serrano said. "We didn't execute. If we would have executed, we would have won."

Central Valley's defense was solid.

The Hawks allowed just seven points.

The Eagles tallied their second touchdown on defense, returning a Barragan fumble 19 yards for a score at the 3:22 mark of the third quarter.

Central Valley mounted a rally late in the game.

Barragan's 1-yard TD run cut the deficit to eight with 1:10 left in regulation.

Hoping for a miraculous finish, Central Valley's comeback bid was dashed when Christian Palomares' onside kick bounced out of bounds.

The Hawks also turned the ball over on downs at the Eagles' 5-yard line with 7:33 left to play.

Central Valley will play host to West of Tracy (1-3) this Friday at Bulldog Stadium.
The Homecoming contest will begin at 7 p.m.

The Wolves lost 31-0 to the Eagles on Sept. 1.

"We have to prepare better, stay mentally focused and execute," Serrano said. "Hopefully, we respond in a positive way."