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Chavez grinds its way to 42-41 win over Roosevelt

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In a game with seemingly little defense, two fourth-quarter, redzone stands proved to be the difference, as Chavez outlasted Roosevelt, 42-41, in the season-opening shootout on Thursday at Sunnyside Stadium in Fresno.

First Chavez forced a turnover on downs on the their own 10-yard line, after Roosevelt failed to capitalize on a big fourth-quarter interception by cornerback Adrian Grant. It grounded out a 90-yard drive, which it capped off with running back Jose Cervantes’ fourth touchdown for a 42-41 lead with 5:20 remaining.

However Roosevelt still had a chance and drove into its redzone again. However with 1:09 remaining Chavez blocked the potential game-winning field goal, to lock up the victory.

The Titans’ workhorse running back Jose Cervantes ended the night with 230 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Although the Chavez play calling consisted mostly of just pound it up the middle, the coaching staff decided to the throw in a fake field goal, which resulted in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Michael Nava to Jose Fernandez.

The Roosevelt offensive demonstrated an explosiveness it’s lacked in recent years. Quarterback Tristian Hernandez threw four touchdown passes and he has some viable receiving threats around him in Kurtis McCoy, Willie Fairman, Grant and Ivan Martinez.

“Our offense is a lot better now,” McCoy said. “We’re throwing the ball a lot more and we can run too.”

The 6-foot-4 McCoy caught a pair of touchdown passes in the game, including a 60-yard reception and a nice jump-ball in the corner catch.

However defensively the Rough Riders simply couldn’t stop the straight-forward, power running game.

With the exception of some blown coverages, the Roosevelt defense didn’t really give up a lot of big plays. But the Chavez offensive line was able to wear down the Rough Riders and get just enough yardage to keep drives alive and eventually punch it in for a score.

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