Central Valley has never beaten Sierra in varsity football.
The Wolves improved their head-to-head record versus the Hawks to 9-0 with a 22-10 home victory on Friday night at Daniel Teicheira Stadium.
Central Valley dropped to 0-5 against Sierra under head coach Scott Edwards’ guidance.
“We talked about making history before the game. We just came up short.”Hawks junior quarterback Andrew Hernandez
“We talked about making history before the game,” Hawks junior quarterback Andrew Hernandez said. “We just came up short.”
The Hawks fell to 1-1 overall.
The Wolves (1-1) evened their record.
Hernandez completed 10 of 21 passes for 142 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Sophomore Isaiah Hidalgo rushed for 35 yards and one TD on 13 carries. He totaled 104 yards on three kickoff returns.
Ryan Palecek added 48 yards on six carries.
Erick Martinez caught six passes for 106 yards.
Dylan Kong totaled 26 yards on two receptions.
Christian Palomares made a 47-yard field goal and one point-after kick. He also had two touchbacks on kickoffs and one punt downed inside the 20-yard line.
Chris Simental led the Hawks’ defensive unit with 10 tackles.
Tony Gaut had nine tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass deflection.
Daniel Alvarez had five tackles and one interception.
Kyle Hendrix had five tackles and one forced fumble.
Christopher Villlicana recovered a fumble.
Central Valley challenged Sierra for the fourth year in a row.
The Wolves topped the Hawks 20-14 in 2017, 28-26 in 2016 and 23-13 in 2015.
Central Valley lost to Sierra in 2014 (56-0), 2009 (49-20), 2008 (31-23), 2007 (32-24) and 2006 (41-21).
“We’ve had struggles with Sierra before,” Hernandez said. “That motivated us.”
The Hawks held a slim 10-7 lead at intermission during last week’s meeting.
Palomares drilled a 47-yard field goal and Hidalgo scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.
“We knew going into halftime we needed to keep the momentum going,” Hernandez said. “The game wasn’t over. We needed to keep fighting.”
The Wolves shut out the Hawks 15-0 in the second half.
“Our offense wasn’t clicking the whole game,” Hernandez said. “We just couldn’t finish our drives. We weren’t doing the little things right. It’s a wakeup call. Losing is not going to bring us down. We’re moving on to the next game. We’ll fix our mistakes.”
Central Valley will compete at Ripon (2-0) this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“They have a good team,” Hernandez said. “We’re going to have to work for it. They’re not going to give the game to us.”