Photo By Jessica Romero
Central High Grizzlies’ football finished their regular season undefeated with their 42-7 win over Clovis East on November 1. This latest victory has capped off one of the greatest seasons in school history, with a 10-0 record and a whopping +348 point differential. They will enter the postseason ranked number one in the Valley and aspiring to claim the title for a three-peat.
Starting quarterback and senior Jameson Silva has had an electric season, guiding the vaunted offense into the end zone 32 times, as well as throwing for 2222 passing yards on a 77% completion rate and a 153.7 passer rating. He credits his offensive weapons and coach stating, “Coach Biggs has done a great job on the offense, teaching me as much as he can. I feel like I have the best offense in the Valley, the best receivers, offensive line, and running backs.” Senior receiver Jeremiah Hunter has been a favorite target of Silva’s, amassing 47 receptions for 775 yards and 9 touchdowns.
While the Silva-led offense has been overwhelming, the defense has given opposing quarterbacks nightmares as well. The unit has totaled an impressive 30 sacks and 14 interceptions. Senior defensive lineman Ricky Correia has been pivotal, totaling 56 tackles and 3 sacks to contribute to this monster defense.
As the team looks onward to Valley playoffs with the utmost optimism, they are gearing up for its arrival. Head coach Kyle Biggs stated, “Our next hurdle is to get past the NorCal championship, but these kids know that we can’t do any of that unless we take care of business first, and that’s winning the Valley.” While they can’t grow complacent, their tremendous performance has helped ready them for the playoffs. Senior linebacker Dominic Mendez stated, “When we get down to third and goal, fourth and goal, we have to know how to respond to that, and we will, because we’ve been prepared for those moments.”
The team starts Valley playoffs with a bye through the first round. The winner between Tulare and Ridgeview will face the Grizzlies in the second round. Mendez comments, “When we’re playing as brothers, no one is going to beat us.”