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Marques leads Hawks past Titans
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Central Valley High JV football coach Tim Garcia gave one of his top players an ultimatum during halftime of Thursday night's season opener.

"If you dance around one more time, you're not going to play," Garcia said.

Added all-purpose back Tony Marques: "I messed up in the first half. I wasn't reading my gaps right and I ended up dancing around."

Marques responded with a touchdown run and an interception in the second half in leading the Hawks to a 7-0 victory over the Cesar Chavez Titans.

"He (coach) woke me up," Marques said.

Garcia flourished after teammate Nick Martin was moved from guard to tight end in the second half.

"Nick made some huge blocks for us down the stretch," Garcia said. "And Tony started running harder.

"Our defense kept us in the game."

The Hawks scored the game-winning touchdown after forcing a punt early in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Trevor Mew handed the ball off six times in a row to Marques. Marques' 7-yard scamper capped off the 53-yard drive.

Marques' interception on fourth-and-11 at the Cesar Chavez 40 sealed the win.

Matt Worstell also intercepted a pass in final quarter for the Hawks.

"I was real nervous," Marques said. "This was our first game of the year."

Andrew Segmiller led Central Valley's defense. He registered five tackles and four sacks.

"We were prepared," Garcia said. "I wish we would have come out and looked a lot more polished."

The Hawks will play host to Pleasant Grove on Friday night at Ceres High School. The game will get underway at 7.

"We want to win football games here and we don't expect anything less than that," Garcia said.

Added Marques: "We're starting a tradition." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier