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Hawks begin CCC play this Friday
CV football team aims to end losing streak
Central Valley's football team will resume its season this week. The Hawks will play host to the Buhach Colony Thunder on Friday at CUSD Stadium. The CCC game will get underway at 7 p.m. - photo by Photo courtesy of Anthony Gerads

Central Valley High School's football team will try to snap a two-game losing streak this week when it opens Central California Conference play.

The Hawks will host the Buhach Colony Thunder (2-3, 0-1) on Friday at CUSD Stadium.

Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

"I still feel we can win games," Central Valley linebacker/kicker Luis Munoz said. "Football is a mental game. I want our team to have confidence. We have to trust each other. That's the only way we're going to beat teams."

The Hawks compiled a 1-3 record during the preseason.

Central Valley could have won three of its first four games.

The Hawks had three possessions stall in the red zone and two turnovers in a 26-7 loss to Pitman on Aug. 19 in Ceres.

Central Valley committed three turnovers and lost starting quarterback Mario Gonzalez to a shoulder injury in a 21-20 setback while battling crosstown-rival Ceres High on Sept. 2 at CUSD Stadium.

Enochs routed Central Valley 31-6 on Sept. 9 at Johansen High School.

"It's definitely not where we want to be at this point," Hawks' head coach Derrick Goblirsch said. "We want to keep getting better as the season goes on."

The Hawks are currently averaging just 221.5 total yards per game on offense, including 111.5 rushing and 110 passing.

Darrius Jackson, Gonzalez's replacement, has completed 8 of 17 passes for 64 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

The junior has rushed for 126 yards, which ranks second on the team, on 26 carries.

Older brother Elijah Jackson gained 44 yards and scored three touchdowns on six carries. He's averaging 7.3 yards per carry. He's totaled 59 yards on eight receptions.

Felix Arellano has rushed for 71 yards on 17 attempts.

Jayson Casias leads Central Valley in receiving with 20 receptions, 308 yards and two touchdowns.

Anthony Ramirez totaled 64 yards and one TD on three catches.

Amari O'Bryant has grabbed six passes for 42 yards and one touchdown.

The Hawks have had host of contributors on defense.

Arellano leads Central Valley in tackles with 36. He's also been credited with half a sack.

Tristan Villicana has 32 tackles and 11/2 sacks.

Munoz has 30 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Ramirez has 24 tackles, four interceptions and one pass deflection.

Joshua Hale has 24 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one pass deflection.

Josiah Sandoval has 19 tackles, one interception and one pass deflection.

David Lewis has 21 tackles, three pass deflections and one fumble recovery.

O'Bryant has eight tackles and one sack.