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Mustangs run over Hawks
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Jesse Hatfield walked with a noticeable limp following the Central Valley High School varsity football team's 35-7 loss to Oakdale in a Valley Oak League opener Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

The junior quarterback's pride hurt as badly as his swollen knee and shin. That's because the Hawks struggled to move the ball against the two-time defending conference champion Mustangs.

Central Valley was forced to punt eight times and tallied only 185 yards of offense.

"I'm disappointed in my performance," said Jesse, who also doubles as the team's punter. "I know I could have done a lot better. I could have gave more, I wish we were playing right now."

Hatfield completed 6 of 12 passes for 54 yards with one interception and two fumbles. He got sacked three times.

Greg Mathews, Jesse's favorite target, was limited to two catches for 51 yards.

Vince Lopez, Central Valley's top offensive weapon, finished with just 40 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Oakdale's three-headed rushing attack of Devin Brooks, Tim House and Blake Raham wore down Central Valley's defense. They combined for 333 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries.

The Mustangs took control after a competitive first quarter.

Oakdale extended its lead to 21-0 with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter.

"All the things we could have done right we didn't do," said Hatfield, who punted three times and got sacked as time expired in the first half. "We just have to work harder in practice."

Terrence Sadler brought some excitement to Central Valley's sidelines when he sprinted 79 yards for a touchdown against Oakdale's reserves in the fourth quarter.

Sadler prevented the shutout.

Fellow Hawk Tyree Jones added 42 yards on seven carries.

"I thought it would be way more competitive," Jones said. "We gave it our all. They just outplayed us."

Hatfield wasn't the only Hawk player to be in a considerable amount of pain by the time the game ended.

Mathews (knee), Jesus Maldonado (ankle) and Josh Beckhart (ribs) sustained injuries as well.

Central Valley will face Sonora (4-0, 1-0) this Friday at Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:15 p.m.