Central Valley’s football team didn’t underestimate upset-minded Mountain House.
The Mustangs capitalized on the Hawks’ mistakes and played slightly better in the opening half.
Down 13-7, Central Valley reeled off 21 straight points after intermission and pulled away for a 34-13 win over host Mountain House in Western Athletic Conference play on Friday.
“We were a totally different team in the second half,” Hawks’ quarterback/linebacker Isaiah Hidalgo said. “Our communication was better. That helped a lot.”
Central Valley improved to 4-0 on the season.
Mountain House dropped to 1-2 and 1-1.
“A lot of people at our school didn’t expect this,” Hidalgo said while talking about his team’s success. “We did. We all want to go 5-0. That’s been our goal. We’re hungry.”
Hidalgo gained 217 yards and scored three touchdowns on 32 carries against the Mustangs. He also had a 22-yard reception.
Amari Taylor totaled 92 yards and one TD on 10 attempts.
Omar Mendoza finished with 81 yards and one score on 12 carries.
Backup quarterback Roberto Tiscareno completed 2 of 2 passes for 40 yards.
Favian Lopez totaled six tackles and two sacks.
Alexis Becerra and Angel Vega both registered six tackles.
Tiscareno and Felix Arellano had five tackles apiece.
The Hawks outscored the Mustangs 21-0 during the second half.
“The momentum changed,” Hidalgo said. “Little stuff helped them get the lead at half. They capitalized on our mistakes.”
First-place Central Valley and Pacheco (3-1, 3-0) will battle for the WAC South title this Friday at CUSD Stadium.
“It’s going to be a competitive game,” Hidalgo said. “We’re going to practice hard all week. We have to stay focused.”