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Chatting it up with #3

•Bulldogs senior receiver/defensive back Dylan Canatsy

Chatting it up with #3

Dylan Canatsy will be Ceres High’s go-to receiver in 2013. Canatsy caught 37 passes for 399 yards and five touchdowns a year ago.

POSTED August 29, 2013 10:35 a.m.

Dylan Canatsy was the second-best receiver on Ceres High School's varsity football team as a junior. He caught 37 passes for 399 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games. Canatsy will step into the role as the Bulldogs' go-to pass-catcher in 2013. The 6-foot-3 senior will replace top threat/fellow former CHS ball boy Caden Johnson, who was lost to graduation.

Sr. 6-3, 175

QUESTION: Your older brother Justin (class of 2010) played the same position with the Bulldogs for two seasons. He caught 82 passes for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns. Has he offered any advice?
ANSWER: He taught me all the basics and what to expect before my first varsity season. He tells me to work hard at practice and it will show in the game. He motivates me. We compare stats sometimes. We're competitive. It gets pretty intense (during pickup basketball games). He's just trying to make me stronger. I try to follow in his footsteps as much as I can.

Q: This is your second season playing varsity football. You're one of the top returning players on the team. Do you enjoy filling that go-to role?
A: It's always something I wanted to do. There will be some pressure on me. It doesn't bother me. My goal is to work hard, be a leader and try to get first- or second-team all-league honors. Time flies. I can't believe it's my senior year already. It just feels weird.

Q: Ceres High has a new quarterback in junior Brad Bussard. He passed for 1,398 yards and 15 touchdowns with 10 picks while starring on the Bulldogs' JV team in 2012. Do you think he'll be just as effective at the varsity level?
A: He did good at the Downey contact camp and Modesto Junior College passing tournament this summer. He's improved a lot. He'll be fine if our line blocks for him.

Q: Ceres High School hasn't had a winning season or made the playoffs since 2005. Will this year's team accomplish any of those goals?
A: We'll be better than last year. The talent is definitely there. We worked hard over the summer. Our passing game will be our strength. We just need to stay healthy. If one kid gets hurt, we got to keep playing our game, and not let it bother us. Our goal is to have a winning season and we'll worry about playoffs later.

Q: Ceres High has dropped six straight games to Central Valley since winning the inaugural showdown of the Ceres Classic in 2006. Will the Bulldogs end that streak this year?
A: We always talk about it. It will definitely be competitive. Our main goal is to try to shut down (Hawks star running back) Ja'Quan Gardner. It will take a lot of hard work, focus and discipline. We'll have to do the little things right. If we win that trophy, it will be the best day of my high-school career. Our crowd would rush the field. It would be a night to remember."

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
A: In our locker room, we have a medical bench. I get dressed, put my head phones on and sit there. I listen to hip hop and rap to get pumped up.

Q: Your height gives you a big advantage against opposing defenders. How confident are you when engaged in one-on-one coverage battles?
A: My main concern is getting off the line, slapping the defender's hands away and creating space. If I do that, I'll be successful. I can go up and get the ball.

Q: What do you like most about football?
A: Walking out onto the field and seeing the crowd, it's amazing. My heart rate shoots up. I just love suiting up every game, catching the ball and having fun under the lights.

Q: Do you have a favorite NFL team?
A: My whole family likes the Niners. They're competitive. It was cool watching a guy from Turlock (San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick) step in and succeed.

Q: Who's your favorite NFL player?
A: Frank Gore (star running back for the 49ers) is really good. He's fast. He's competitive. He does whatever it takes to get a W.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing sports?
A: I like to stay in shape so I go to the gym. I also hang out with my friends.

Q: What's your favorite sports movie?
A: I like the Longest Yard.

Q: Food you refuse to eat?
A: Seafood. I just don't like it.

Q: Most slices of pizza you've eaten in one sitting?
A: Seven.

Q: Do you have any fears/phobias?
A: Spiders. Black widows. I don't mess around with that.

Q: If you could meet any pro athlete or celebrity, who would it be?
A: Kaepernick. He's a local guy and now he's pro. I also like Whiz Khalifa. He's a rapper.

Q: Web sites you check every day?
A: I go on Instagram a lot. I look at Eastbay. I look at all their shoes, cleats and equipment.

Q: Who's going to win the Super Bowl?
A: Niners all the way. It will happen.

Q: What are your college plans?
A: I want to play football or baseball if someone wants me. I'm going to school to be a fireman.

Q: Ceres High opens the 2013 season on the road versus Modesto High on Aug. 30. How important is it to start the year off on a positive note?
A: If we win our first game that would be motivation for the rest of the season. We want to be a better team.



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