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Gridiron recognition
CV, CHS players made a difference
Hawk Moses Ghiorso was recognized for his outstanding play on offense, defense and special teams. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Moses Ghiorso did a little bit of everything for Central Valley High School's varsity football team this season.
The junior standout contributed on offense, defense and special teams.

Ghiorso, Central Valley teammates Daniel Alvarado, Gurvak Dhami, Anthony Harrison and Josh Beleele, and Ceres High's Caleb McDade, Marcellus Boykins, Johnni Smith-Willis and Ramon Coral were among a select group of players recognized in a vote by the Western Athletic Conference's head coaches on Nov. 18 at Mil's Bar & Grill in Patterson.

"The kids were rewarded for their efforts," Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette said.

Ghiorso earned first-team all-conference honors for his outstanding play at running back and cornerback.

Moses was also voted the league's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.

Ghiorso had 822 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns.

He ranked second in the WAC in rushing TDs (7) and fourth in rushing yards (401).

He hauled in 10 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

He totaled 177 yards on seven kickoff returns.

Ghiorso ranked second in the WAC in interceptions (2).

"His overall season stats were much more impressive, and many teams threw and kicked away from him," Hawks head coach Scott Edwards said. "Undoubtedly, he was respected, as he was No. 1 vote getter as running back and No. 2 as defensive back."

Alvarado, Dhami, McDade and Boykins were selected to the WAC First Team.

Daniel (Sr.) was Central Valley's top offensive lineman.

Gurvak (Sr.) collected 18 tackles and one sack as an interior defensive lineman.

Caleb (Sr.) anchored Ceres High's offensive line.

McDade was an honorable-mention pick at linebacker.

Caleb led the WAC in tackles with 59.

"He did a phenomenal job all year," Durossette said. "He was our workhorse."

Boykins (So.) starred at receiver.

Marcellus ranked third in the WAC in receiving yards (364) and receptions (23), and fifth in touchdowns (2).

"He's just a sophomore," Durossette said. "He's still learning. He's just an athletic kid. He's got a great personality. His character is phenomenal."

Harrison, Beleele, Smith-Willis and Coral were named to the WAC Second Team.

Anthony (Sr.) ranked second in tackles (56) and fourth in sacks (2) in the WAC while starring at linebacker.

Josh (Sr.) ranked third in the WAC in tackles (51). He also had one sack at defensive end.

Smith-Willis (Sr.) excelled at running back.

Johnni ranked third in rushing touchdowns (5) and fourth in rushing yards (484) in the WAC.

"He had a couple breakout games," Durossette said. "He was the third-best running back in the league. He's just an athletic kid. He'll have another great year next season."

Coral (Sr.) totaled 28 tackles and 21/2 sacks at defensive end.

Central Valley's Emani Anitelea (Jr.), and Ceres High's Aaron Black (Jr.) and Brad Bussard (Sr.) were honorable-mention selections.

Anitelea, an outside linebacker, accumulated 24 tackles and two sacks.

Black, an inside linebacker, racked up 36 tackles.

Bussard, a second-year quarterback, ranked third in passing yards (877) and fourth in touchdowns (8) in the WAC.

Central Valley and Ceres High tied for fourth place in the WAC standings with identical 2-4 marks.