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Recent CV grads Ghiorso, Postley enjoy all-star experience
Noah Postley (pictured) and Moses Ghiorso represented Central Valley High School in the Lions All-Star Football Game on Saturday in Tracy. - photo by Courier file photo

Moses Ghiorso plans to play football at Modesto Junior College this fall.

Noah Postley is considering becoming a Pirate as well.

The 2016 Central Valley High School graduates teamed up for the final time at the prep level this past weekend in Tracy.

Ghiorso, Postley and the South edged the North 28-20 at the 43rd Annual Central California Lions All-Star Game Saturday night at Wayne Schneider Stadium.

"I started running three weeks ago, trying to keep in shape for the Rotary All-Star Game," Moses said. "I wasn't expecting to be in the Lions Game. When I got the call, I was shocked. It's a big honor. It means a lot. It shows what kind of player I am."

Short on numbers, Moses and Noah were late additions to the contest.

Ghiorso and Postley both talked with South/Patterson head coach Rob Cozart on the phone prior to agreeing to compete in the prestigious game.

"It's a really big honor to play in the same game as (former Hawk standouts) Ja'Quan Gardner and Kendel Johnson," Noah said. "They're two of Central Valley High School's greatest players."

Moses played every other series at defensive back.

He broke up a third-down pass in the fourth quarter.

He had a 45-yard punt return.

He also rushed for 15 yards on two carries.

"We needed that stop," Ghiorso said while talking about his pass breakup. "It was a big play."

Postley registered one sack at defensive tackle.

"I used a swim move over the left guard," Noah said. "I had to chase after the quarterback. I grabbed one of his legs and he tried to shake me off. I slashed his other leg and he fell down. I was in the quarterback's face all night."

Ghiorso, Postley and their South teammates practiced twice a day and resided in dorms at Stanislaus State the week leading up to the all-star affair.

"The practices were pretty hard," Noah said. "It was worth it because we got the win."

Ghiorso roomed with Beyer's Jay Green, Downey's Tyran Daniels and Modesto High's Kendall McNair.

Postley roomed with Central Catholic's Kekupa'a Freehauf, and Downey's Poaka Kekua and Peter Kennedy.

"It was a really cool experience," Noah said. "All week I wasn't thinking about anything else but football. It's a really nice way to go out if it was my last game. It's a storybook ending. It was real special. There were a lot of hard hits and good tackles."

"I had a blast," Moses said. "I got to meet new people from different schools. I'm going to remember the practices in the morning. I'm going to miss the team bonding. I liked staying in the dorms."

Ghiorso and Postley filled lead roles while propelling Central Valley to a program-best 7-4 overall record and runner-up finish in the Western Athletic Conference standings (5-1). The Hawks also participated in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the second time in three years.

Ghiorso, a third-year varsity player, was named the WAC's Outstanding Offensive Player this past fall.

He also earned first-team, all-conference honors.

Moses led the WAC in rushing yards (1,041), rushing yards per game (173.5), yards per carry (11.4) and touchdowns (14). He fumbled just once.

Ghiorso hauled in 16 passes for 240 yards and one TD.

He tallied 111 yards and one TD on six punt returns.

Moses totaled 244 yards on 12 kickoff returns.

Noah was selected to the WAC First Team.

Postley was Central Valley's top offensive lineman.

"I'm glad I got a chance to play with Noah again," Ghiorso said. "We were getting after it. Seeing him get the sack, I was really proud of him."

Added Postley: "Moses text me right away when he got the news. It's really special. We're like brothers. Our hard work paid off."