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Hawk coaches to evaluate talent at scrimmage
• Central Valley will play against Grace Davis, Hughson this Saturday
Central Valley’s football program has a new starting quarterback in Andrew Hernandez. Hernandez helped lead the JV Hawks to an 8-2 record last fall.

Central Valley varsity football head coach Scott Edwards and his staff will evaluate players during Saturday’s four-team scrimmage at Ceres High.

“We have positions on both sides of the football that are up for grabs,” Edwards said. 

The Hawks and Bulldogs are co-hosting the event, which will get underway at 9 a.m.

Central Valley will battle Grace Davis and Hughson.

“I would like to see clean execution of our base schemes versus a variety of looks."
Head coach Scott Edwards

“I would like to see clean execution of our base schemes versus a variety of looks,” Edwards said. 

The Hawks have a new starting quarterback in Andrew Hernandez.

“He does a really good of picking up what I’m trying to teach him,” Edwards said. “He’s been a quick study. He’s really coachable.”

Newcomer Isaiah Hidalgo, and returnees Ryan Palecek, Kyle Hendrix and Mark Ramirez will be counted upon at running back.

Isaiah just turned 14.

“It will be a test for him (Hidalgo),” Edwards said. “He’s going to do just fine. He understands our blocking schemes really well and trusts his linemen.”

Hernandez and Hidalgo helped lead Central Valley’s junior-varsity football team to an 8-2 record last fall.

 “I have big expectations for them,” Edwards said. 

Central Valley and Ceres High will not clash on Saturday.

The Hawks and Bulldogs open the 2018 season with a head-to-head matchup on Aug. 17.

“We don’t see each other in the scrimmage at all because we play the following week,” Edwards said. 

Central Valley has amassed a 26-16 overall record, claimed one conference title and qualified for the playoffs twice under Edwards’ guidance.

The Hawk went 5-5 and placed fourth in the Western Athletic Conference (2-3) in 2017.

Central Valley will compete in the revamped Central California Conference this fall.

“This group is different,” Edwards said. “We’re young. We’re not as big and physical. We’re figuring out their personality and what they can do. If we can be consistent, we’ll have a fun season.”