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Ghiorso fills stat sheet
Hawk players receive WAC postseason honors
Central Valley senior Moses Ghiorso was voted the Western Athletic Conferences Outstanding Offensive Player. Ghiorso rushed for 1,041 yards and 14 touchdowns in WAC play. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Moses Ghiorso and nine other members of Central Valley High School's varsity football team were recognized in a vote by the Western Athletic Conference's head coaches on Nov. 17 in Patterson.

"I'm happy to see our guys get recognized," said Scott Edwards, second-year leader of the Hawks. "It's awesome."

Ghiorso, a third-year varsity player, was named the WAC's Outstanding Offensive Player.

He also earned first-team, all-conference honors.

Moses led the WAC in rushing yards (1,041), rushing yards per game (173.5), yards per carry (11.4) and touchdowns (14). He fumbled just once.

Ghiorso hauled in 16 passes for 240 yards and one TD.

He tallied 111 yards and one TD on six punt returns.

Moses totaled 244 yards on 12 kickoff returns.

"He put up huge numbers," Edwards said. "He changed momentum in a lot of games."

Ghiorso was voted Outstanding Special Teams Player his junior year. He was selected to the WAC First Team on both offense and defense as well.

"He's had a great run when it comes to league awards," Edwards said. "He's definitely respected by everyone. He's hard not to notice."

Jamarea Lumpkin (Sr.), Frankie Ramirez (Sr.), Noah Postley (Sr.), Erik Mejia (Jr.), Emani Anitelea (Sr.) and Estevan Barragan (So.) were first-team, all-WAC selections.

Lumpkin ranked second in the WAC in rushing yards (811), rushing yards per game (135.2) and rushing touchdowns (11).

"He had a better understanding of the offense this year," Edwards said. "He was more confident. He worked extremely hard in the weight room. He played a lot bigger than he is. He's got speed and strength. That equals power."

Ramirez caught seven passes for 97 yards and one touchdown while contributing at tight end.

Postley was Central Valley's top offensive lineman.

"They (Ramirez and Postley) were our two best run blockers," Edwards said.

Mejia, a defensive lineman, ranked second in the WAC in sacks (3) and sixth in tackles (38).

He also forced one fumble.

"He was an anchor for us all year long," Edwards said.

Anitelea, a defensive end/outside linebacker, ranked fourth in the WAC in interceptions (1), fifth in sacks (1) and eighth in tackles (35).

He recovered one fumble.

"He had a solid year," Edwards said. "He stood out in every game. He made big plays at key moments."

Barragan, a defensive back, tied for first in the WAC in tackles (59).

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

"His production was definitely impressive," Edwards said. "Every game at some point there was an outside run or screen pass. He would jump on the play and make the tackle for no gain with power. It became normal when he'd make great effort plays."

Estevan starred at the varsity level as a sophomore.

"We moved him up for a reason," Edwards said. "He plays with a great desire. He almost stayed down. It was a last-minute decision by him and his family. It will be fun to see how he develops on the field. He has a lot of room to grow."

Adrian Badillo (Sr.), Alex Alvarado (Sr.) and David Serrano (So.) were voted to the WAC Second Team.

Badillo, an inside linebacker, ranked first in the WAC in tackles (59).

He also had two pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.

"He meant a lot to our defense," Edwards said.

Alvarado, a defensive end/outside linebacker, ranked first in the WAC in sacks (4) and 10th in tackles (31). He forced two fumbles.

Serrano, a defensive lineman, ranked second in the WAC in sacks (3) and seventh in tackles (36).

He forced and recovered one fumble.

Central Valley (5-1) placed second in the conference standings behind Patterson (6-0).

The Hawks posted a 42-21 victory over 2014 WAC-champion Los Banos.