High School Football

Aaron Rodgers’ alma mater beats Central Valley Christian for state championship

Central Valley Christian’s Jaalen Rening, left, with Morse’s Kenny Chaney, background, at the CIF Southern California Division 4-AA football tournament Friday night, Nov. 30, 2018 in Visalia. Morse led 8-7 at the half.
Central Valley Christian’s Jaalen Rening, left, with Morse’s Kenny Chaney, background, at the CIF Southern California Division 4-AA football tournament Friday night, Nov. 30, 2018 in Visalia. Morse led 8-7 at the half. ezamora@fresnobee.com

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.

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