Ceres High and Central Valley faced off in six varsity sports this fall, including football, boys soccer, girls tennis, girls golf, volleyball and cross country.
The Hawks had a .636 winning percentage versus the Bulldogs.
Central Valley prevailed seven times, while Ceres High earned four victories.
Central Valley continued its dominant run versus Ceres High on the gridiron.
Battling for more than just bragging rights, the Hawks secured their first-ever playoff berth with a 48-15 victory against the upset-minded Bulldogs in the Eighth Annual Paws vs. Claws Crosstown Showdown game on Nov. 8.
Ja'Quan Gardner played a major role while helping Central Valley (6-5, 3-3 Western Athletic Conference) improve its head-to-head record against Ceres High to 7-1.
Gardner gained 320 yards and scored four touchdowns on just 13 carries. He also threw a 23-yard TD pass to Kendel Johnson.
Johnson rushed for 100 yards and one TD on six attempts.
Angelo Bermudez carried the ball nine times for 158 yards and one score.
Raul Godinez tallied eight tackles and one sack.
Sophomore Moses Ghiorso collected seven tackles, forced one fumble and intercepted one pass.
Marcus Clark had seven tackles, two pass defenses and one pick.
Alex Medina contributed three tackles and one fumble recovery.
Junior Brad Bussard completed 24 of 39 passes for 306 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Ceres High (2-8, 1-5).
Dylan Canatsy caught nine passes for 136 yards and one TD.
Juan Anderson totaled 58 yards and one score on three receptions.
Domingo Bermudez led the Bulldogs' defense unit with eight tackles.
Ramon Coral had three tackles and two fumble recoveries.
The Hawks built a 34-15 lead in the opening half thanks in large part to four Ceres High turnovers, including three in the red zone.
Central Valley stopped Ceres High twice at the 1-yard line.
Gardner scored his third and fourth rushing TDs in the third quarter.
Ja'Quan watched from the sideline during the final period.
Central Valley defeated Ceres High twice en route to posting a perfect 12-0-0 record in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Bulldogs placed second in league play with an 8-3-1 mark.
The Hawks scored twice in the opening half and escaped with a 2-1 win at Ceres High on Oct. 28.
Juan Medrano tallied one goal and one assist to lead Central Valley.
Omar Orozco scored once.
Daniel Hernandez collected one assist.
Goalkeepers Alex Vazquez and David Saucedo made five and four saves, respectively.
Bulldog goalie Abel Reyes had a season-high 17 saves.
Freshman Adrian Espinoza accounted for Ceres High's lone goal.
The Hawks routed the Bulldogs 5-1 at Central Valley on Oct. 3.
Orozco paced Central Valley with two goals.
Hernandez, Medrano and Ozzie Ramos all scored once.
Jairo Ramos and Angel Lopez both contributed one assist.
Vazquez totaled two saves.
Espinoza scored for the Bulldogs.
Nicolas Martinez had nine saves.
Central Valley held a slim 2-1 lead at intermission.
The Hawks turned the game into a blowout with goals in the 47th, 54th and 60th minutes.
Central Valley captured its sixth straight conference title and advanced to the postseason for the seventh consecutive year.
Ceres High participated in the playoffs for the sixth year in a row.
Central Valley nearly knocked off crosstown-rival Ceres High for the first time in program history on Sept. 26.
The visiting Bulldogs rallied for a 5-4 victory and improved their all-time record versus the Hawks to 15-0.
Central Valley made history on Oct. 22 as it ended a seven-year losing streak against host Ceres High with a 5-4 win.
Princess Pe and Chelsea Flores, Central Valley's No. 2 doubles team, clinched the team victory. The first-year tennis players defeated Ceres High's Bryanna Lopez and Stephanie Garcia in three sets, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.
Pe and Flores erased a 6-2 deficit in the second-set tiebreaker.
Samantha Sotomayor, Vanessa Monroy, Ali Martinez, Sandra Luna and Teresa Diaz all played a role in Central Valley's long-awaited victory over Ceres High.
Sotomayor and Monroy defeated Dominique Koeurn and Jalani Blankenship 6-1, 6-3 in No. 3 doubles.
Martinez defeated Gabriella Blandino 6-3, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.
Luna defeated Jasmine Esparza 6-3, 6-2 in No. No. 5 singles play.
Diaz defeated Justine Vega 6-4, 6-4 in No. 6 singles play.
Emely Amaya lost 6-0, 6-0 to Ceres High's Marifer Ochoa in No. 1 singles play.
Naomi Torres lost 7-5, 6-1 to Angelica Slater in No. 2 singles play.
Jadah Jackson lost 6-1, 6-1 to Bianca DeAnda in No. 3 singles play.
Celest Lepe and Ayme Nguyen lost 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to Janet Jimenez and Jolyce Vega in No. 1 doubles play.
The Hawks and Bulldogs tied for fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings with 5-7 records.
The Bulldogs have won five of their last six head-to-head matchups with the Hawks.
Ceres High beat Central Valley twice this year.
The sixth-place Hawks never posed a threat in losing 151-199 to the second-place Bulldogs on Oct. 10 at St. Stanislaus.
Ceres High's Caitlin Pfaff led all golfers with a 4-over-par 33.
Brittany Turnbow and Erica Hogner chipped in with scores of 38 and 39, respectively.
Hannah Smith carded a 41 for the Bulldogs (10-2).
Central Valley's Daniela Moreno fired an 18-over-par 47 to lead Central Valley (2-10).
Marlen Diaz (50), Georgina Salgado (50) and Else Smith (52) also contributed.
The Hawks wrapped up the first half of the WAC dual season with a 145-188 win over the Bulldogs on Sept. 12 at River Oaks.
Pfaff (32) earned low-medalist honors.
Hogner (35), Abigail Nou (36) and Smith (42) rounded out Ceres High's scorecard.
Diaz (39), Macie Robinson (47), Moreno (49) and Salgado (53) posted scores for Central Valley.
Central Valley (5-7) topped Ceres High (0-12) twice while finishing fourth overall in the Western Athletic Conference standings.
The Hawks swept the last-place Bulldogs, 25-21, 25-8, 25-22, at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium on Nov. 4.
Mia Lorenzo led Central Valley with 20 digs and one kill.
Nicholette Mendez collected 14 assists, three aces and one dig.
Julia Ramsey tallied 12 kills.
Lynaya Lerma had six blocks, four kills, two digs and one assist.
Sophomore Jessica Arreola led the Bulldogs with 14 digs and one ace.
Ryleigh Honberger totaled 11 digs, five blocks and four kills.
Brooke Anderson contributed nine digs and five assists.
Fulu Tevaseu had eight digs, three kills and one assist.
Host Central Valley rallied for a 20-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-12 victory against Ceres High on Oct. 9.
Mendez had 12 assists and four aces.
Ramsey had eight kills, one block and one assist.
Lerma had six kills and one block.
Elizabeth Olide had five assists, one ace and one kill.
Lexy Cordova had five aces and one dig.
Arreola collected 18 digs for the Bulldogs, who own a 9-7 head-to-head record versus the Hawks.
Honberger had seven kills and four blocks.
Sophomore Kaytlin Donaldson had four aces.
The Bulldogs and Hawks split during the Western Athletic Conference dual-meet season.
Lisette Carretero, Jennifer Cisneros, Karina Torrez, Laura Espinoza and Arcelia Hermosillo helped lead Ceres High's girls team past Central Valley, 19-43, on Oct. 23 at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.
Carretero placed first with a time of 22 minutes, 56 seconds on the 3.1-mile course.
Cisneros (23:46), Torrez (25:23), Espinoza (26:32) and Hermosillo (26:43) finished second, third, sixth and seventh, respectively.
Sophomore Evelyn Andrade (fourth, 25:29) was the Hawks' top finisher.
Ivonne Orozco (25:29), Daisy Ochoa (28:29), Jasmine Diaz (33:45) and Alexis Marin (34:53) took fifth, ninth, 12th and 13th, respectively.
Central Valley's boys posted a 24-35 win over Ceres High.
Ben Saldana led the Hawks with a second-place finish (18:35). Central Valley teammates Carlos Murillo (third, 20:02), Joaquin Garcia (fifth, 20:20), Favian Castellanos (sixth, 20:46) and Inayat Sahota (eighth, 21:04) were counted upon as well.
Bulldog Judas Chavarin (first, 18:29) bested all runners.
Edgar Torres (fourth, 20:11), Manuel Baez (seventh, 21:03), Manpreet Dhami (11th, 21:55) and Josh Moita (12th, 22:03) also competed for Ceres High.
Ceres High and Central Valley will square off in boys and girls basketball, and wrestling this winter.