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CV upbeat despite loss of talent
Miguel Jimenez and host Central Valley will compete against Grace Davis, Johansen and Bret Harte today at 6 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Moses Ghiorso and Jamarea Lumpkin rushed for a combined 2,516 yards and 35 touchdowns while leading Central Valley High School's varsity football team to a 7-4 overall record, second-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference (5-1) and Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth last fall.

Ghiorso and Lumpkin graduated in June.

"Offensively, we lose the bulk of our statistical and point production," Hawks head coach Scott Edwards said. "It's a hit. But that is what last year's team offered."

Central Valley will rely on a host of players at running back this fall, including Jonathan Barragan (Sr.), Estevan Barragan (Jr.), Carlos Rodriguez (Jr.), Cory Cantaloube (Sr.), Nasson Sanchez (Jr.) and Gabriel Campos (Jr.).

Jonathan Barragan totaled 156 yards and one TD on 39 carries last season.

Estevan Barragan carried the ball one time for two yards.

"I see us rushing for more yardage than we did last year," Edwards said. "We'll have a six-headed monster."
Estevan Barragan earned first-team, all-conference honors for his outstanding play at defensive back his sophomore year.

He tied for first in the WAC in tackles (59).

He also deflected three passes, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble.

"He's a solid athlete," Edwards said. "We'll get him involved on offense as much as we can without diminishing his defensive role."

Willie Soriano and Miguel Jimenez have been splitting playing time at quarterback this summer.

Soriano started at safety last season. He was Central Valley's backup QB.

Jimenez played quarterback for the JV Hawks a year ago.

"They're both smart competitors," Edwards said.

Central Valley competed against Ripon and Ripon Christian last Wednesday.

The 7-on-7 passing scrimmage was held at Ripon High School.

"We've put together some good practices this summer," Edwards said. "We're focusing more on our team play. We're trying to compete every day. That's important."

Central Valley will host Grace Davis, Johansen and Bret Harte today at 6 p.m.

"I don't put a lot of value on it (passing contacts)," Edwards said. "The games are different when you put pads on and there are linemen."

The Hawks will compete with a revamped roster in 2016.

Central Valley lost nine of its 11 offensive starters to graduation.

The Hawks return eight starters on defense.

"Every team is different," Edwards said. "We got the bulk of our defense back, which is a solid unit. We got more depth. We're going to try to stay fresh like last year."