The Trojans destroyed the Hayward Farmers at the football game on Friday, Oct 21, scoring touchdown after touchdown with a stunning end score of 41-0. Students, alumni, and Castro Valley fans filled the stands to cheer on the home team in this exciting game.
“When our guys play well, we can really disrupt the other team,” said head coach Nic McMaster. “It was nice to see everything come together. The score was just an indicator of our effort and execution.”
Senior Patrick Cheek scored the first touchdown of the game during the last three minutes of the first quarter, giving the Trojans a 6-0 lead on a 25-yard run.
“We definitely wanted to come out with a good start and put them away early with our solid defense,” said junior Demareyeh Lane.
During the second quarter, Cheek brought the score up to 13-0 with a 20-yard scoring run. Nick Alfaro followed with a 71-yard touchdown run and Luke Huerta ended the first half on a good note by scoring on a 1-yard sneak 21 seconds before the halftime.
By the end of the first half, the Trojans had already established a 27-0 lead over the Farmers, who had yet to score a single touchdown. The CVHS cheer and pom squads kicked off the halftime festivities with an incredible dance routine that wowed the packed stadium.
After they concluded their performance, the homecoming court winners were then brought onto the field with their escorts. Following their introduction, the CVHS band was brought onto the field to play as the firework show dazzled fans of all ages, ending the halftime performance with a bang.
The third quarter began with a kick from Kevin Galvan, and Lane was able to recover a fumble to score the first touchdown of the second half, bringing the score to 33-0.
Hayward fought hard but was unable to make any kind of comeback.
After a couple of successful kicks and a touchdown by Felipe Martinez, the game ended after the fourth quarter with an overwhelming victory for the Trojans to conclude an exciting week of homecoming activities.
But it wasn’t the homecoming crowd that made this game so important for the team.
“We knew we needed we this win for a shot at the league title,” said Lane.
While the crowds might have been impressed by their multiple touchdowns, their victory was largely due to their strong defense.
“There were a lot of defensive plays that may not have seemed very significant but were the difference in the game,” said McMaster. “We held Hayward’s offense to less than 30 total yards while scoring on defense and forcing multiple turnovers. I will not mention only one player when a group of guys played awesome.”
“All our hard work in practice really paid off,” said senior Joey Tognolini.