Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team struggled to an 0-5 record during the preseason.
The Hawks opened Western Athletic Conference play with a 22-0 win over visiting Livingston on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.
"By far, that is our best performance of the year," Central Valley head coach Joe Rohles said. "Offense, defense and special teams came up big throughout the game."
The Hawks improved to 1-5 overall and 1-0 in the WAC standings.
"Everybody was involved," Rohles said. "Everybody got to play. It was a great team effort."
Central Valley's Gabriel Rodriguez rushed for a team-high 52 yards and one touchdown against Livingston.
Mark Ramirez tallied one rushing TD and a pair of 2-point conversions.
Brandan Cordeiro carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards.
Darin Andrews and Jesus Damian chipped in with 62 and 57 all-purpose yards, respectively.
Nathaniel Lezama recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown.
Damian collected 41/2 tackles, two interceptions and two pass deflections on defense.
Palecek had 51/2 tackles, two pass deflections and one blocked punt.
Cordeiro had 51/2 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Andrews had five tackles and one interception.
Vincent Bocanegra had six tackles.
The Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak.
"The kids did a great job," Rohles said. "They were very energetic. It was nice to see smiles on all their faces after the game."