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Central Valley picks up first league win at WRs expense
CERES — The Weston Ranch Cougars were left in a state of shock following Friday night’s 35-16 loss to host Central Valley at Bulldog Stadium.

“We just didn’t get the job done,” Cougars quarterback Embry Allen said. “We didn’t come prepared. Everybody was joking around. We didn’t take them serious.”

The Cougars dropped to 3-5 on the year and 2-3 in the Valley Oak League standings, while Central Valley (1-4, 3-5) picked up their first conference victory.

Weston Ranch committed three turnovers, punted four times and managed just six yards of total offense in falling behind 21-0 in the opening half.

Hawks running back Vince Lopez scored on runs of 13 and 7 yards in the first quarter.

Central Valley receiver Greg Mathews hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Abraham Navarro with 3:28 to play in the second quarter.

The Hawks extended their lead to 28 when tight end Alex Casas snagged a short pass from Navarro and sprinted 36 yards for a TD. The third-quarter score was set up by Central Valley linebacker Chris Moscozo’s interception.

Six minutes later, 320-pound Fagga Tia plowed his way into the end zone from the 1-yard to get the Cougars on the scoreboard.

Allen and Angell Mayfield teamed up for a 40-yard scoring connection at the 7:34 mark of the fourth quarter.

Weston Ranch finished the contest with 251 yards of offense, 245 of which came after intermission.

Allen completed 8 of 23 passes for 104 yards with one touchdown and two picks.

Starting quarterback Jason Steele, orchestrating the Cougars’ new-look Wildcat offense, was intercepted twice by Lopez while playing quarterback during Weston Ranch’s first two series.

The senior receiver switched positions because of his dual-threat capabilities.

Cougar tailback Deon Eley rushed for 89 yards on just nine carries.

“I thought we were going to kill them,” said Allen, while wiping tears from his cheeks. “They came out prepared. We tried to come back. It was too late. I have a lot of respect for that team.”

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