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Panthers humble Hawks on gridiron
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Pacheco dominated the time-of-possession battle and game for three-plus quarters.

Central Valley High School's varsity football team, which hadn't competed in two weeks due to a bye, allowed four touchdowns and one field before tallying its own score.

The visiting Hawks surrendered a season-high 343 rushing yards en route to a 30-20 loss to the Panthers on Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

"I had a feeling that was going to happen," Central Valley head coach Jason McCloskey said. "We had a terrible week of practice. I don't think we were mentally prepared. This is a big wake-up call."

The Hawks dropped to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Panthers improved to 5-3 and 3-1.

"We had a good game plan," McCloskey said. "Ultimately, Pacheco did a great job of controlling the clock. We couldn't get into a rhythm the first three quarters. Credit them."

Central Valley quarterback Abraham Navarro completed 9 of 22 passes for 126 yards with three touchdowns, two interceptions and one fumble.

Star running back Ja'Quan Gardner was limited to 85 yards on 16 carries. He also had a 39-yard TD reception.

Milton Uti caught six passes for 63 yards and two scores.

Kendel Johnson had two catches for 13 yards and eight tackles during his debut with the Hawks.

Kenny Lopez registered a team-high 11 tackles and recovered one fumble.

Nick Van Tuinen collected seven tackles and one sack.

Pacheco piled up 18 first downs and generated 467 yards of total offense without star running back Kalama Kamoku, who exited the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury.

The Panthers had a three-to-one advantage in time of possession.

The Hawks had the ball for just 90 seconds in the third quarter.

Pacheco quarterback Jacob Parks completed 6 of 9 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 53 yards and one TD on eight carries.

Cousin Paul Parks rumbled for 130 yards on 20 carries and hauled in a 43-yard TD catch.

Maurice Harden and Hunter Mendez both had one touchdown reception.

The Panthers raced out to a 30-0 lead.

The Hawks scored three touchdowns in a four-minute span in the final quarter to close the gap to 10.

Navarro connected with Gardner on a 39-yard scoring play with five minutes left in regulation.

Abraham's second TD pass to Uti at the 1:32 mark covered 28 yards. Central Valley attempted to cut the deficit to eight but failed on a 2-point conversion. Navarro was tackled before he could cross the goal line.

"We didn't play a complete game," Abraham said. "We got our butts kicked. We couldn't stop them. They did the simple things right."

Pacheco moved a step closer to achieving its goal.

Central Valley must win two of its last three games to reach the playoffs.

The Hawks' final three opponents are Los Banos (6-1, 2-1), Central Catholic (5-2, 3-0) and Ceres High (2-6, 0-4).

Central Valley will play at Los Banos this Friday. Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

"Our concern is Los Banos and what they're doing," McCloskey said. "They're a heck of a team. We'll try to do our best to shut them down. I expect our kids to respond in a positive way. That's part of the process of becoming a better football team."