Central Valley’s football team has struggled in recent weeks due to injuries and tougher competition.
The Hawks were missing six starters during their 35-7 loss to visiting Patterson in Central California Conference play Friday evening at CUSD Stadium.
“The injuries are starting to catch up with us,” Central Valley coach Derrick Goblirsch said. “We’re trying to work through it. It’s a grind in the CCC. The teams in our league are big, physical and fast.”
The Hawks dropped to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in the CCC standings.
The first-place Tigers improved to 6-2 and 4-0.
Central Valley suffered its fourth straight loss.
Patterson has won its last six games.
“The effort was there,” Goblirsch said. “We ran into a good team. They were big, strong and fast.”
“We had some injuries,” he added. “That hurt our depth.”
Hawk all-purpose player Omar Mendoza ran for 112 yards on 14 carries.
He also caught four passes for 47 yards.
Elijah DeLeon added 26 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries.
Central Valley quarterback Yoshi Trujillo completed 5 of 13 passes for 57 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
“Every time he got hit, he kept getting up. He’s a tough kid. He’s giving us everything he’s got.”Coach Derrick Goblirsch on QB Yoshi Trujillo
“Every time he got hit, he kept getting up,” Goblirsch said. “He’s a tough kid. He’s giving us everything he’s got.”
Roberto Tiscareno finished 0-for-2 passing with one interception.
Samuel Wilson’s lone reception resulted in a 10-yard gain.
The Hawks have been outscored, 175-125, this year.
Central Valley’s Giancarlo Pena, Joseph Alamo, Osvaldo Pelayo, Adrian Perez, Alexis Becerra and Sergio Mendoza didn’t play against Patterson.
“It changed everything,” Goblirsch said. “They’re starters for us. Some of the guys are leaders and have a huge voice on the team.”
Pena (center) and Alamo (safety/running back) both suffered season-ending injuries versus Golden Valley the previous week.
Pelayo (center) and Perez (defensive line/tight end) were sidelined with injuries.
Becerra (linebacker) and Mendoza (center) were inactive for non-injury-related reasons.
Chris Flores started in place of Pelayo on the offensive line.
“We brought him up from JV to play center at noon on Friday,” Goblirsch said. “It was a necessity. I thought he played really well. He had zero bad snaps. He held his own. I was surprised because he got no reps at practice all week.”
Patterson quarterback Jacob Guevarra completed 3 of 9 passes for 47 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He gained 35 yards and scored two TDs on eight carries.
Jaydrian Lawson had a 22-yard touchdown reception.
He also ran for 39 yards and one TD on three carries.
Sean Hansen rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries.
Lolo Mataele totaled 90 yards on six carries.
Central Valley will face Atwater (1-7, 1-3) on the road this Friday at 7 p.m.
The Hawks will try to end their four-game losing streak.
“Once you get to this point, it’s on the kids to get motivated,” Goblirsch said. “We’re going to try to get to .500. We’ll try to send the seniors out on a high note.”