Junior quarterback Andrew Hernandez liked what he saw from his Central Valley varsity football teammates during last week’s game against Buhach Colony.
The last-place Hawks put up a fight in the opening half before losing 34-12 to the second-place Thunder Friday night in Atwater.
“This was one of our best games. We were focused all four quarters.”Quarterback Andrew Hernandez
“This was one of our best games,” Hernandez said. “We were focused all four quarters.”
Central Valley dropped to 1-8 overall and 0-5 in the Central California Conference standings.
Buhach Colony improved to 6-2 and 3-1.
“We were expecting to be a lot better this year,” Hernandez said. “We have the pieces. We just haven’t put them all together.”
Hernandez totaled 182 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
He completed 13 of his 29 pass attempts.
Andrew rushed for 24 yards and one TD on eight carries.
Hawk sophomore all-purpose player Isaiah Hidalgo tallied 186 yards with one touchdown.
He caught five passes for 75 yards.
Hidalgo gained 39 yards on 13 carries.
Isaiah’s lone kickoff return covered 72 yards.
Junior receiver Dylan hauled in two passes for 28 yards and one TD.
Central Valley’s defense allowed 458 yards—329 rushing—and five touchdowns.
“Buhach had very few mess-ups,” Hernandez said. “They’re a very, disciplined team.”
The Hawks trailed 27-12 at halftime.
Hernandez’s 14-yard TD pass to Kong cut Buhach Colony’s lead to 15-6 with 2:06 remaining in the first quarter.
Down 21-6, Hernandez scored on a 9-yard run to make it a nine-point game at the 4:55 mark of the second quarter.
The Thunder responded with a 60-yard TD pass two minutes later.
Buhach Colony outscored Central Valley 7-0 after intermission.
“We moved the ball,” Hernandez said. “We just couldn’t finish our drives.”
The Hawks will close out the 2018 season with a home game this Friday.
Central Valley will battle winless El Capitan (0-8, 0-4) at Ceres High.
Hawk senior players will be recognized prior to kickoff.
The game will get underway at 7 p.m.
“We want to end the season on a good note,” Hernandez said. “It’s a momentum changer going into next year.”