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Thunder roll past Hawks
• Central Valley drops to 3-6 on season, 1-4 in CCC standings
Buhach game
Central Valley’s defense swarms to the ball during Friday’s 51-6 loss to Buhach Colony in Central California Conference play. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley’s varsity football team had a quiet night on offense in losing 51-6 to undefeated Buhach Colony in Central California Conference play Friday night at CUSD Stadium.

“Their record says it all,” Hawks’ quarterback Andrew Hernandez stated. “They’re pretty impressive. They have a bunch of athletes and are super, fast.”

Central Valley (3-6, 1-4) dropped to sixth place in the CCC standings.

Buhach Colony (8-0, 4-0) remained in first place.

The Hawks needed to upset the Thunder to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

“We didn’t talk about that,” Hernandez said. “We were more focused on the opponent and our game plan. We should have scored a couple times but didn’t finish drives.”

Central Valley had just 152 yards of total offense versus the Thunder.

Hernandez completed 10 of 22 passes for 80 yards with no TDs and one interception.

Eindveer Hothi caught two passes for 30 yards.

Dylan Kong, Kyle Hendrix, Chris Simental and Erick Martinez-Stucchi had 26, 25, 10 and 9 yards receiving, respectively.

Isaiah Hidalgo was limited to 35 yards on 12 carries.

Alex Morales accounted for Central Valley’s lone touchdown on special teams when he recovered a botched punt return in the end zone for a score.

Morales’ TD cut the deficit to 16-6 with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter.

The Hawks were outscored 36-0 the rest of the game.

Central Valley faced a 31-point deficit at halftime.

“They did what they’ve been doing weekly,” Hernandez said. 

Hernandez and his senior teammates competed at CUSD Stadium for the final time.

They were recognized during halftime of the junior-varsity game.

“It’s kind of sad,” Hernandez said. “We’ve been playing here since freshmen year. Some of us played youth football here.”

Central Valley will close out the 2019 campaign at El Capitan (1-8, 0-4) this Friday. 

Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

“We want to finish the season off on a good note,” Hernandez said.