RIVERDALE — The Mojave football team won its first CIF-Central Section 8-man Championship title with a 65-38 victory over Riverdale Christian on Friday night.
It was the Mustangs’ sixth straight title game — the first five in CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division 1 — and second straight championship title.
It was a frustrating season for Mojave, which played a total of seven games as a result of two forfeit victories, and often had long layoffs in between games.
“I’m just really proud of my guys,” Mojave coach Cash Achziger said. “Proud of what we had to go through to get here. … They stuck it out and showed up to practice without really having games to play.”
Senior Rae’Kwon Alvez led the way for the Mustangs, scoring the teams first seven touchdowns of the game. He carried the ball 20 times for a personal-record 473 yards.
“It wouldn’t have happened without my line,” Alvez said. “I tried to do it for my team.”
Alvez said he started crying “big crocodile tears” immediately after the game ended.
“I love this team, I love everyone on it,” he said. “It was a good time.”
Mojave senior Ivan Valadez led the defense and the game with 24 tackles. He was the leading tackler for the Mustangs all season.
“It feels amazing, all the hard work we put in,” Valadez said. “I’ve never seen a team play their heart out as we did, as Riverdale Christian did.”
The players were also proud to have won championships in both the Southern and Central sections.
“It’s truly amazing actually,” Valadez said.
Trevion Brown scored one touchdown and rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries for the Mustangs, while Jeremiah Madlock rushed for the final touchdown and Demondray Hill recorded 15 tackles.
“Our defense really stepped up,” Valadez said. “It was a really big test, because we had to come together.”
Valadez and Alvez both praised Riverdale Christian.
“The line, the running game, the defense, they were all-around good,” Valadez said. “I guess you could say we were better.”