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Hawks rally for 29-23 win, avoid upset loss to Gauchos
Jamarea Lumpkin (24), Adrian Badillo and their Central Valley varsity football teammates file into Bulldog Stadium prior to competing against El Capitan last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

In danger of having their Homecoming spoiled by El Capitan, Jamarea Lumpkin and his Central Valley High School varsity football teammates clawed their way back during the final 12 minutes of the Western Athletic Conference battle.

Lumpkin totaled 204 yards on 25 carries and scored two of his three touchdowns in the final period as the Hawks overcame a nine-point deficit on their way to beating the Gauchos 29-23 Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

"We never lost faith," Jamarea said.

Central Valley improved to 5-3 overall and moved into a tie for second place in the WAC standings (3-1) with Los Banos.

El Capitan dropped to 2-6 and 1-3.

Lumpkin set a new career-high in rushing yards.

"It's one of my top games in high school," Lumpkin said. "I had no idea I had that many yards. I just had to find the holes and be more patient. The blocking helped me out. I'm a fullback. I like the contact."

Hawk all-purpose player Moses Ghiorso ran for 98 yards and one TD on 22 carries.

He also caught three passes for 46 yards.

Bobby Nieto totaled 42 yards on two receptions.

Quarterback Reuben Rodriguez passed for 105 yards with no touchdowns and interceptions.

Sophomore Estevan Barragan led Central Valley's defensive unit with 12 tackles and one pass deflection.

Adrian Badillo tallied eight tackles and two pass deflections Emani Anitelea and Jonathan Barragan totaled seven tackles apiece.

Alex Alvarado had three tackles and one sack.

The Gauchos held a slim 7-6 lead at halftime.

Down 23-14, Central Valley outscored El Capitan 15-0 in the final quarter.

"We just had to stay calm and execute," Lumpkin said. "Our defense was shutting them down. We picked it up a gear. They have a good team. They have a lot of talent, too."

Central Valley will face 2014 WAC-champion Los Banos (6-2, 3-1) this Friday at Ceres High.

Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.