When his team needed him the most, Jamarea Lumpkin delivered.
The senior running back scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help Central Valley rally to a 29-23 homecoming victory over El Capitan on Friday night.
The Hawks trailed 23-14 entering the final quarter, but Lumpkin scored on runs of one and three yards, and his team’s defense tightened to preserve the win.
Lumpkin finished with 204 yards on 26 carries as Central Valley improved to 5-3 overall, 3-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Hawks moved into a second-place tie with Los Banos (3-1) behind Patterson (4-0).
Central Valley hosts Los Banos next week before closing out the regular season against crosstown rival Ceres (2-6, 1-3).
El Capitan had lost four of its last five games, but the Gauchos didn’t look the part.
Elijah Reid caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Chase Whitaker for the game’s first score. El Cap held a 7-6 lead into the third quarter.
CV’s Moses Ghiorso (112 yards rushing, 63 yards receiving) scored on an 8-yard touchdown run to put the Hawks ahead 14-6.
However, El Cap wrapped two touchdowns around a safety – the second touchdown of the quarter coming on a Whitaker-to-Reid 27-yard pass play.
But Lumpkin scored early in the fourth quarter, and added the go-ahead touchdown with about seven minutes left.