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Offensive struggles continue for Hawks
CV scores once in 35-7 loss to Tigers
Gerardo Solorzano and Central Valleys varsity football team lost 35-7 to Patterson this past week in Ceres. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity football team limited heavily-favored Patterson to just 14 points during the first half of last week's Western Athletic Conference clash.

Held scoreless for the opening 24 minutes, the Hawks tallied a touchdown late in the game to prevent the shutout.

The visiting Tigers rolled to a 35-7 victory over Central Valley Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

"Our defense is keeping us in games," Hawks head coach Scott Edwards said. "We need to find offensive consistency. We're going to struggle until we can become balanced."

Central Valley dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the WAC standings.

Patterson improved to 4-1 and 1-0.

Sierra (5-0), Pacheco (4-1) and Patterson (4-2) have all collected wins against the Hawks this season.

The Timberwolves, Panthers and Tigers have a combined record of 13-3.

"Our three losses are to pretty good teams," Edwards said.

Hawk junior standout Moses Ghiorso racked up 144 yards of total offense.

Ghiorso rushed for 59 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries.

Moses caught three passes for 85 yards.

Jamarea Lumpkin ran for a team-high 78 yards on eight carries.

Hawk sophomore quarterback Gerardo Solorzano completed just 5 of 15 passes for 98 yards. He gained 31 yards on five attempts.

Central Valley mustered just six first downs and punted five times.

Hawk defensive end Josh Beleele had five tackles and one pass deflection.

Anthony Harrison and Jose Castillo both made four tackles.

Ghiorso chipped in with two tackles and one pass deflection.

"We just need to keep battling and get over the hump, which is offensive balance," Edwards said. "We also need to play with more energy and have fun. I talked with them about that after the game."

Central Valley trailed 14-0 at halftime.

"There wasn't frustration or panic," Edward said. "We knew we'd have our hands full. Patterson has some skilled talent on the perimeter."

The Tigers outscored the Hawks 21-0 in the third quarter. "It's the second week in a row we were in a game," said Edwards, whose team hurt itself this past week by committing two turnovers. "We need to stop making mistakes. We need to be more physical up front and control the ball. Our defense, for the most part, played solid. The big play beat us. It wasn't sustained drives."

Central Valley secured its first-ever playoff berth during the 2013-14 school year. The Hawks want to make a return trip to the postseason.

"I hear players talking about it," Edwards said. "That's not in my thoughts. We're a week-by-week process. We're becoming more disciplined and stronger as a team. We just need to find offensive consistency."

Central Valley will face non-conference opponent Castlemont (2-2) this Saturday in Oakland at 2 p.m.

"We're going into a different environment," Edwards said. "They have a little running back that is very quick."