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CV talent earns CCC accolades
Thomas Carrillo
Central Valley senior Thomas Carrillo earned league honors for his outstanding play on both offense and defense. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley High School’s football program had eight players receive special recognition during the Central California Conference year-end head coaches’ meeting.

“I’m happy my teammates and I are getting recognized for the hard work we put in,” said Thomas Carrillo, a two-way starter for the Hawks. “It’s very rewarding.”

Carrillo (senior offensive lineman), Erick Martinez Stucchi (senior receiver) and Angel Vega (junior defensive back) were all named to the CCC Second Team.

Martinez Stucchi caught 13 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns in six games.

Carrillo (defensive lineman) also earned honorable-mention accolades, along with Andrew Hernandez (senior quarterback), Isaiah Hidalgo (junior running back), Sahib Dhaliwal (senior defensive lineman), Chris Simental (senior outside linebacker) and Xavier Alvarez (senior defensive back).

“I work hard. I don’t complain. I go 100 percent all the time. I don’t take days off.”
Thomas Carrillo

 “I work hard,” Carrillo said while talking about the keys to his individual success. “I don’t complain. I go 100 percent all the time. I don’t take days off.”

Hernandez completed 84 of 142 passes for 914 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Hidalgo rushed for 455 yards and seven touchdowns on 125 carries

He totaled 152 yards and one TD on 22 receptions.

The Hawks compiled a 2-4 record on their way to a tie for fourth place in the CCC standings with the Golden Valley Cougars.

Central Valley averaged 23.2 points and 245.3 yards offense per game.

“I’m proud of the way we played,” Hernandez said. “It is a hard league.”

“It (football) brings people with different backgrounds together,” Carrillo stated. “That’s what I like about the sport.”

“I’m going to miss my teammates more than football,” Hernandez added. “We got real close. They’re like brothers. It’s a big family. I wouldn’t want anybody else as a head coach. He (Scott Edwards) taught me a lot.”