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CV hangs on for 16-8 victory over Los Banos in football
Hawks improve to 6-1 overall, 2-0 in WAC
Central Valleys varsity football team will travel to Los Banos this Friday to face Pacheco. The Hawks will be vying for their seventh victory of the season. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley's varsity football team collected its fifth straight win this past week.

The Hawks improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference standings after holding on for a 16-8 victory over host Los Banos Friday night.

The Tigers dropped to 4-3 and 1-1.

"That's one of the better teams we've faced this year," Central Valley junior strong safety Estevan Barragan said. "They're well-coached, too."

The Hawks have reeled off five straight wins since losing 28-26 to Sierra on Sept. 2.

"Our main focus is to win league," Barragan said. "We're very motivated. We're focused at practice. Nobody is messing around. Everybody on the team wants it really bad."

Hawk quarterback Willie Soriano had two rushing touchdowns against the Tigers.

He completed 4 of 6 passes for 51 yards.

Jonathan Barragan rushed for 100-plus yards for the fourth consecutive game.

Barragan carried the ball 24 times for 112 yards.

He also caught two passes for 31 yards.

Gerardo Solorzano added 26 yards on 11 attempts.

Gabriel Quezada (12 yards) and Gabriel Campos (8 yards) both caught one pass.

Angel Lopez booted a 28-yard field goal.

Lopez also had two touchbacks on kickoffs.

"We all have confidence in Angel," Estevan Barragan said. "He's a great kicker. He knows how to keep his composure. He's not scared of the pressure."

Estevan collected a team-high 12 tackles.

Chase Winchester tallied six tackles and four pass deflections.

Nasson Sanchez made four tackles and recovered two fumbles.

Jonny Velasquez had four tackles and two pass deflections.

Central Valley led 16-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Lopez converted his fifth field goal of the season in the first quarter.

Soriano rushed 7 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Willie scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

The Tigers cut the deficit to 16-8 with 4:31 remaining in the game.

Los Banos' comeback attempt fell short as its final pass attempt from Central Valley's 14-yard line sailed out of bounds.

"We've been in that situation before," Estevan Barragan said. "We had to stay calm and execute. I had confidence in my team we'd be able shut them down."

Central Valley will travel to Los Banos this Friday to compete against Pacheco. Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

"Everybody is going to give us their best shot," he said. "They want to beat us."