Rare is the occasion that a team is recognized in a losing effort. While moral victories in professional and high-level college sports are hollow platitudes, there is however some latitude at the prep level. After all, life lessons and moral character are still being forged by coaches.
Central Valley fell short on Friday, losing 19-13 to West Valley in the season-finale for both clubs. On paper, the Eagles should’ve won handily. But games aren’t played on paper and Aaron Richards and his CV coaching staff had his troops game-planned and ready for battle. The Falcons are this week’s Clear View Auto Glass Team of the Week.
And battle they did. For more than 48 minutes, the Falcons pushed West Valley in ways it hadn’t all season. CV led 6-0 at the half on a pair of Russell Baker field goals and sent the Eagles to intermission on the wrong end of the scoreboard for the first time all season.
And when West Valley made its second-half push – you knew the top-rated team in the Shasta County Sports Power Rankings would mount a comeback – Richards and the Falcons didn’t panic. Instead, they stood tall, absorbed the blow and were in a position to win the game with time winding down.
The senior leadership of the Falcons – guys like Kade Crowell, Willie Mowry, Jonny Mack and others – showed that what Richards is working toward is indeed working. A program that won one game over the course of three seasons a few years back finished this year with a winning record and has a buzz on campus.
And if the trajectory continues into next season and ones after that, those tight games will most certainly turn out the other way.