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Far from perfect, CV dominates Grace Davis
Hawks top founding head coach Garcia
Senior Jonathan Barragan did a little bit of everything for the Hawks last week. Barragan had rushing and punt-return touchdowns in Central Valleys 34-7 win over Grace Davis. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity football team impressed, but was far from perfect during Friday night's 34-7 domination of the Tim Garcia-led Grace Davis Spartans at Bulldog Stadium.

Garcia was the Hawks' first-ever head coach. Central Valley amassed a 19-41 overall record, and never qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs or posted a winning record under Tim's guidance from 2006-11.

"It always fun coaching against a friend," Hawks third-year leader Scott Edwards said. "But that wasn't in my thoughts leading up to the game. The concerns were more about how we were going to react in certain situations. We can become a much better team if we clean up the mistakes."

Central Valley improved to 2-1 overall.

The Hawks dealt the Spartans (2-1) their first loss.

Central Valley squandered a late lead en route to losing 28-26 to the Sierra Timberwolves on Sept. 2.

"The loss was upsetting," Barragan added. "We knew what we had to do. I'm glad we were able to bounce back and get the win."

Central Valley rolled up 239 yards and four touchdowns on the ground versus Grace Davis.

Barragan carried the ball 17 times for 92 yards and one touchdown.

He also returned a punt 59 yards for a TD.

Nasson Sanchez rushed for 30 yards and two touchdowns on four carries.

Gerardo Solorzano gained 98 yards and scored one TD on eight carries.
Gabe Campos ran for 33 yards on five attempts and caught two passes for 27 yards.

Backup quarterback Miguel Jimenez completed 3 of 7 passes for 32 yards.

Barragan is growing comfortable in his new role as Central Valley's all-everything dynamo.

"To be honest, I like it (being a leader)," he said. "But it's not just about one player. It's about the team."

Said Edwards: "Jonathan's always had the talent. For some reason, he's a lot more relaxed this year. His energy is better. His effort has been great. He's living up to whatever pressure he's put on himself."
Estevan Barragan, Jonathan's younger brother, totaled six tackles and one pass deflection on defense.

Jonny Velasquez had one interception, one pass deflection and one tackles.

Oso Fregoso, Erik Mejia and Gabriel Quezada all registered one sack.

"Last week was a letdown," Fregoso said. "It motivated us. We played an awesome game. Our defense is pretty good. We have a lot of returning starters. We have chemistry going back to Pop-Warner days."

Central Valley tallied four touchdowns while racing out to a 28-7 lead in the opening half.

Barragan returned a punt 59 yards for a score and had a 53-yard rushing TD.

Solorzano and Sanchez raced 37 and 13 yards, respectively, for touchdowns.

Nasson scampered 12 yards for a TD in the final period.

"In big situations, we make big plays," he said.

Barragan and his Hawk teammates didn't feel any added pressure facing Central Valley's former head coach.

"I don't know him (Garcia) personally," he said. "They were basically just another opponent we were trying to beat. The only motivation was to get the win and bounce back. That's all that matters."

Added Edwards: "None of our players were around during his era."

Central Valley will face Enochs (0-3) this Friday at Ceres High.

The non-conference game will begin at 7 p.m.

The Eagles lost 59-0 to Manteca, 42-20 to Buhach Colony and 47-31 to Escalon.

"They've played a tough schedule," Edwards said.