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Standout players
Tyree Jones had a memorable final season with Central Valley High School's varsity football team.

The 5-foot-6 senior running back, along with seven other Hawk players, and three members of Ceres High's program were recognized in a vote by the Western Athletic Conference's coaches on Monday, Nov. 15 in Patterson.

"They got rewarded for having solid years," Hawks head coach Tim Garcia said. "It's nice to see kids develop like that."

Jones, Central Valley teammates Greg Tripp and Daniel Ochoa, and Bulldog Dashawn Mena earned first-team, all-league honors.

Tyree gained 1,717 yards and scored 14 touchdowns, both school records.

Jones did most of his damage against Ceres High and Grace Davis. He totaled 730 yards and seven TDs.

"It was pretty exciting to see him flourish this year," Garcia said. "He got better as the season went on. He was so fast."

Greg, Tyree's younger brother, starred at receiver. The 5-foot-10 junior caught 43 passes for 619 yards and six touchdowns.

"He worked hard every day in practice," Garcia said. "We knew once he got comfortable, his level of play would increase. He finished the year strong."

Daniel, the top scorer on Central Valley's Western Athletic Conference champion and Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV runner-up soccer team, handled kicking chores on the football field. The junior led the league in touchbacks and converted 39 of 41 PATs.

"He was a big weapon," Garcia said.

Mena, a 6-foot-2 265-pound senior defensive lineman, made 28 tackles, registered four sacks and recovered one fumble.

Dashawn succeeded thanks in large part to his work ethic. He was a member of Ceres High's 101% Club. He earned admittance by attending at least 90 percent of 6:30 a.m. weight sessions and improving on his maxes during the school year.

"He was stronger and bigger than most of the guys he played against," Bulldogs head coach Brett Johnson said. "He was disruptive. He was in the backfield almost every single play."

Mena plans to continue his football career at Fresno City College, Merced College or Modesto Junior College.

"I definitely think he can play at the next level," Johnson said. He's got the strength, size and motor."

Central Valley's Chris Moscozo (Sr., LB), Cody Melton (Jr., LB), Brandon Viado (Sr., LB), Josh Beckhart (Sr., OL) and Wyatt Faulkner (Jr., OL), and Ceres High's Ivan Raya (Jr., LB) and Jesse Hidahl (Jr., OL) were named to the WAC second team.

Moscozo was the Hawks' top defensive player. He made 67 tackles, registered three sacks and recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

"He had an outstanding year," Garcia said. "He was one of our leaders."

Raya and Hidahl also led by example on and off the field. Like Dashawn, both Ivan and Jesse were awarded special helmet decals for being a part of Ceres' 101% club.

Ivan tallied 62 tackles, two sacks, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery. He switched positions after star linebacker Hadon Lopez suffered a foot injury during Week 4.

"He did a great job," Johnson said. "He was very versatile. He showed how valuable he was."

Justin moved from tackle to center several weeks into the season.

"For him to get some recognition was awesome," Johnson said. "He was very dedicated, competitive and coachable."