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JV Hawks coach distributes awards
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The Central Valley High football program held its first-annual awards banquet in the school's gymnasium on Dec. 5.

Coach Tim Garcia Jr. recognized several players, including Gerald Garcia, Trevor Mew, Tony Marques, Andrew Segmiller, Sean Mcleod, Anthony Martinez and Chad Megee. They helped lead the JV Hawks to a 7-2-1 overall record and independent league championship this year.

Gerald won the team's most valuable player award. He played receiver and cornerback. Gerald also returned kickoffs an punts.

“He has the heart of a champion and he is so competitive,” Garcia said. “When we needed a huge play, that's who we were going to. He was Mr. Clutch.”

Mew received Hawk and Offensive MVP honors.

The Hawk award is presented to the student athlete who best exemplifies excellence in the classroom and on the field.

“Great citizen, sportsmanship, leadership, athletic ability,” Garcia said. “High GPA. He just fits all of those characteristics I pointed out.”

Mew starred at quarterback, a position he never played. The efficient passer threw just one interception. He accounted for 220 yards and four touchdowns in Central Valley's 46-13 season finale win over Ripon Christian.

“Mentally, he's so much more mature than everybody else,” Garcia said. “He absorbed everything I told him. He's a natural born leader. He's just going to get better and better.”

Marques and Segmiller shared the Defensive MVP award.

“Those two guys were key in our defensive scheme,” Garcia said.

Marques played strong safety.

“He's the most aggressive kid we have on the football team,” Garcia said. “He tackles like a mad man.”

Segmiller played outside linebacker. He caused havoc in the backfield.

Mcleod won the Lineman of the Year award.

“He dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” Garcia said.

Anthony Martinez won the Unsung Hero award for his contributions on both offense and defense. He started on the offensive line and at linebacker.

Megee won the Coach's award. He was a key substitute. Megee logged playing time at quarterback, receiver, tailback, strong safety and middle linebacker.

“He did everything we asked him to do and more,” Garcia said. “He's a very committed individual. He has a great work ethic.”

Central Valley will compete at the varsity level for the first time in school history in 2006. The Hawks are moving to the Valley Oak League.

“Next year, we're going to try and compete and improve every game,” Garcia said. “It's going to be difficult. We're moving into a tough conference.” - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier