Central Valley Christian’s state football championship hopes were dashed Saturday night by Aaron Rodgers’ alma mater.
Host Pleasant Valley-Chico pulled away for a 43-14 victory over the Cavaliers in the CIF Division 4-AA final.
The Vikings returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown, stopped CVC on downs and scored again to take command.
Pleasant Valley extended the lead to 23-0 with a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the first half.
Jaalen Rening and Grant Highstreet scored for the Cavaliers, who won the Central Sequoia League and Central Section D-IV titles en route to a 12-3 season.
Strathmore-Hilmar rematch set
Defending state champion Strathmore was idle this week awaiting its state championship opponent to emerge from the NorCal 6-AA regional final.
Turns out, the Spartans know a little bit about them. Hilmar (12-2) beat East Nicolaus 48-14 and will host Stathmore (13-1) in the state championship game at Atwater High on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game is a rematch of last year’s NorCal play-in game won by Strathmore 53-52 in double overtime.