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CV football program moves forward under different leadership
New head coach evaluating talent
Scott Edwards was named head coach of the Hawks on March 28. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Scott Edwards, new head coach of Central Valley High School's varsity football program, will no longer have to commute from Angels Camp to Ceres.

Scott and his family, wife Angie and children Logan and Brenna, moved to Modesto.

Edwards' drive time will be cut from 80 to 10-15 minutes in the near future.

"It was short-term," Scott said while talking about his living situation. "We looked at every community in the area. I visited 20 homes in two days. Things moved along slowly. We got the keys today. I have one more day of commuting."

More than 70 returning and prospective Central Valley football players lifted weights and cycled through agility drills during the first week of summer workouts, staged June 14-17. Each session lasted two hours (5-7 p.m.).

"I drove out here a few weeks ago, held a quick meeting and shook hands with everybody that showed up," Edwards said. "It was all positive. I got a good group of coaches that care about the kids we'll be working with."

"He's getting to know everybody," Central Valley junior running back/defensive back Moses Ghiorso said. "It's a fresh start for everyone. We're learning new plays. It's hard but we'll catch up."

The Hawks compiled a 2-2 record at the Modesto Junior College passing tournament on Saturday. Central Valley will attend the Buhach Colony High School contact camp, July 17-19.

Central Valley, Grace Davis and Ripon compete in a three-team, seven-on-seven passing league on Wednesdays.

"It's a learning process for us," Edwards said. "I expect full participation. I want guys to show up on time and work hard. I'll adapt to the personnel we got. We need to figure out who the quarterback is going to be. The good thing is everybody involved gets a new start. I don't have any biases."

"I was happy with the way the week ended," Scott added. "It was a new experience for me. The numbers and raw talent excite me. The drills allow me to see every kid move. They've proven to be hard workers. It's going to be an extremely, intense summer."

The Hawks accomplished several firsts last fall thanks in large part to the play of 2014 Central Valley grads Ja'Quan Gardner and Kendel Johnson.

Central Valley participated in the playoffs and compiled a winning record (6-5). "Those two guys (Gardner and Johnson) were great players," Edwards said. "I'd love to have both of them. I recruited both of them."

"We lost a lot of talent," Ghiorso said. "But we have a lot of talent. We should make playoffs this year. We're going to have a really good defense. We have to work hard and be disciplined."

Scott was offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for University Mary in North Dakota this past season. His first stint with the Marauders was from 1998-2001. Scott recruited Central Valley founding head coach Tim Garcia.

Scott was head coach of Bret Harte High School's varsity football team the previous seven years (2006-12). Budget cuts forced Edwards to find employment elsewhere.

Edwards also filled coaching positions at Sacramento City College (2003-05), Northern State University (2002), American River College (1997) and Mendocino College (1996).

Scott played football for Chico State, Eastern New Mexico University and American River College.

"It was a good idea to bring him in," Ghiorso said. "He's a really good coach. He's a motivator."