Football: Selma rolls past CVC in 35-3 rout

The Cavaliers were completely shut down at home as they fell to 5-4 on the season

By Jermaine Johnson II  @Jerm_10

VISALIA – After losing only three games in each of the last two seasons, Central Valley Christian is not enjoying the same success this year. Their season has been a bit rocky and they received one of their worst losses of the season to Selma last Friday.

Selma controlled every aspect of this game. They were aided by the fact that the Cavaliers were without their best offensive threat, Jaalen Reining, who’s season ended in the previous game with a torn Achilles. The game started slowly for both teams with three straight punts. CVC’s passing game was a major hindrance all night. On their second drive, they had two incompletions on over throws to open receivers. That would go on to be a trend for the rest of the game. After giving the ball back to the Bears, that’s when Selma’s offense finally woke up. They had a completely opposite experience with their passing game, and that is what is helped them move the ball all night. A deep pass got them down to the Cavalier 30-yard line, then junior Joey Ramirez connected with Arron Blancas who made a difficult diving catch in the end zone. They led 7-0 with four and a half minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The third time was a charm for CVC’s offense as they were finally able to move the ball on their third possession of the game. They got a big play from their quarterback, senior Tyce Griswold, who made a good read on an option play and ran all the way to the Bears’ 19-yard line. They got to the 10-yard line and were stuffed on fourth and 1.

The Cavs’ defense had a decent start to the game. They forced another Selma punt after a sack on third down to end the first quarter. Unfortunately for the defense they did not get much help from the offense. On the following drive Griswold continued to over throw receivers. They got three points to cut the lead down to 7-3 early in the second quarter, but field goals will not beat the Bears as they came into the game averaging 41 points. The Cavaliers would not score again for the rest of the game.

Selma responded to CVC’s three points with seven more points. Ramirez connected this time with running back Aaron Moreno for a 36-yard score. The passing game between the two offenses proved to be the major difference in this game. Four of the five touchdowns for the Bears came via the arm of Ramirez. The Bears were up 14-3 at halftime and would outscore CVC 21-0 in the second half.

Outside of special teams, Cavalier head coach Mason Hughes said his team did not execute well in any phase of the game.

“[Selma] didn’t do anything we didn’t expect, they just executed and we didn’t,” he said.

Selma has breezed through the Central Sequoia League, which sets up their last game of the regular season against Kingsburg which will be for first place.

As for CVC, they will play Exeter on Friday, Nov. 1, which will essentially act as a tune up game for them to get right for the playoffs. Hughes believes that his team can perform well in the postseason but they definitely have a lot to clean up.

“We’re well coached and our kids play hard so we have a shot. We definitely can do things we just have to get better,” he said.

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