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Hawks open WAC schedule with 47-0 setback
Pacheco pounds CV
Hawk Emani Anitelea collected two tackles and one sack versus the Panthers. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity football team had its two-game winning streak snapped this past week.

The Hawks opened Western Athletic Conference play with a 47-0 loss to Pacheco Friday night in Los Banos.

"Everybody is disappointed," Central Valley head coach Scott Edwards said. "We don't have time to sulk. We got to get better fast. Patterson is a quality opponent."

Central Valley dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the WAC.

The Panthers improved to 3-2 on the year and 1-0 in the league standings.

Pacheco limited Central Valley to just six first downs and 137 yards of total offense.

Hawk sophomore quarterback Gerardo Solorzano completed 5 of 13 passes for 67 yards with one interception and two fumbles. Solorzano led Central Valley in rushing with 22 yards on nine attempts.

Alex Centeno, Moses Ghiorso and Jamarea Lumpkin had 20, 15 and 14 yards, respectively, on the ground.

Ghiorso, Lumpkin and Johnny Pittman totaled 34, 16 and 11 yards receiving.

Jayden Garcia tallied a team-high nine tackles on defense for Central Valley.

Josh Beleele had eight tackles.

Lino Uti and Adrian Badillo both collected seven tackles.

Emani Anitelea chipped in with two tackles and one sack.

"Every game has its story," Edwards said. "We shot ourselves in the foot in the first half. We got into the red zone three times and didn't score any points."

The Hawks trailed 19-0 at intermission.

Central Valley kicker Zabdiel Pineda missed a 24-yard field goal.

Solorzano had a pass intercepted in the end zone.

The Hawks' final possession of the first half ended with a sack as time expired. Central Valley moved the ball inside Pacheco's 20-yard line with eight seconds left on the clock.

"There were some positives in the first half," Edwards said. "We moved the ball effectively. We made them earn their yards on offense. We were doing good things. We were in the ball game."

The bus ride home from Pacheco to Central Valley was quiet.

The Hawks will play host to the Patterson Tigers (3-1, 0-0) Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

The WAC contest will get underway at 7 p.m. "We'll go back to the drawing board," Edwards said. "It's another huge challenge. Hopefully, the kids respond in a positive light."