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Ghiorso leads CV in return to lineup
Moses Ghiorso

Central Valley High School varsity football standout Moses Ghiorso put his versatility on display against host Enochs last week.

Ghiorso accounted for five touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving, as the Hawks wrapped up their preseason schedule with a 42-21 win over the Eagles Friday night at Gregori High's Don Lanphear Stadium.

"I was running with anger because I had to sit out last week," Moses said. "I wanted to show my team I was sorry."

Ghiorso didn't play a single snap during Central Valley's 33-12 victory over Franklin of Stockton on Sept. 11. He watched from the sidelines while serving a coach-imposed one-game suspension for disciplinary reasons.

"I let my team down for doing what I did at practice," Moses said. "Being a leader, I just can't be talking back to my coach. I made a mistake. I apologized. I have to be more accountable for my actions."

The Hawks improved to 2-2 on the year.

The Eagles dropped to 0-4 overall.

Central Valley has won its last two games.

Ghiorso racked up 431 all-purpose yards versus Enochs.

Moses rushed for 237 yards and four touchdowns on 13 attempts.

He hauled in two passes for 107 yards and one score.

"Our offensive line was making key blocks to open holes," he said.

Moses turned in similar performances for the Hawks in 2014.

Ghiorso had 372 all-purpose yards during Central Valley's 40-27 victory over Waterford.

Moses caught three touchdown passes, rushed for three scores and intercepted one pass.

Ghiorso totaled 133 yards and three TDs in the Hawks' 61-20 blowout of El Capitan. He rumbled for 123 yards and three scores on just nine carries. He also had a 48-yard interception return.

"I don't really think about it (individual statistics) when I'm on the field," Moses said. "I didn't even know I had five touchdowns and over 400 all-purpose yards (against Enochs) until after the game. I was just trying to make plays."

Hawk quarterback Reuben Rodriguez completed 7 of 13 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions against the Eagles.

Central Valley fullback Jamarea Lumpkin gained 76 yards on 10 carries.

Junior kicker Angel Lopez booted two field goals and converted all four of his point-after kicks.

Sophomore defensive back Estevan Barragan tallied 14 tackles and one interception.

Linebacker Adrian Badillo registered 11 tackles, collected one sack and caused one fumble.

Sophomore defensive lineman David Serrano chipped in with seven tackles and one interception.

Defensive back Chase Winchester had four tackles and two interceptions.

Defensive back Willie Soriano had four tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Johnny Pittman had four tackles, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.

Emani Anitelea had four tackles and one sack.

Alex Alvarado and Gabriel Quezada finished with one sack apiece.

The Hawks accounted for 24 of the game's final 27 points last week.

"Momentum changed," Ghiorso said. "Our offense was clicking. Our linemen stepped up. Our defense did pretty good. We went into the game with a lot of energy. It was a must-win game for us."

The Hawks will begin the Western Athletic Conference portion of their schedule this Friday.

Central Valley's final six opponents are Pacheco, Patterson, Livingston, El Capitan, Los Banos and Ceres High.
The Hawks will be assured a playoff berth, their second in three years, if they collect three more wins.

Central Valley will host Pacheco this Friday at 7 p.m. The contest will be played at Ceres High.

"We're going into the game with momentum," Ghiorso said. "We'll be focused on what we can do on both sides of the ball."