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A friendly rivalry between Seahawks, Cowboys
The rivalry is back.

The Ceres Seahawks and Cowboys varsity, junior-varsity, pee-wee and rookie youth football teams will face off at 2 p.m., 12 p.m., 10 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, this Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.

The Seahawks will try to beat the Cowboys for the first time in four meetings at the varsity level.

The Seahawks had a potential game-winning drive end with a turnover at the Cowboys' 1-yard line during last year's meetings.

"You can throw the records out the window," Seahawks head coach Joe Borba said. "It's a good rivalry. I'm glad it's continuing. It will be low scoring and hard hitting. I always look forward to those games. Those kids will be playing with or against each other in high school over the next four years."

The Seahawks (6-7) enjoyed a memorable 2012 season by advancing to the Cen-Cal Jr. Football League AFC Title Game.

The Cowboys (4-6) failed to qualify for the Delta Youth Football League playoffs.

"We've been idle for two and a half weeks," Cowboys head coach Shane Trousdale said. "The kids are ready. They want to play. The records don't matter in this game. It's a rivalry. It's going to be competitive like every year. It will be a slugfest."

Added Borba: "If we play our game, we should be victorious."

The Seahawks will be led by Noah Magana (QB), Elijah Niblett (WR/DB), Frankie Melo (TE/DB), Gerardo Solorzano (RB/LB), Julian Gutierrez (RB/DE) and Oso Fregoso (OL/LB).

The Cowboys will be led by Davion Gates (QB/RB/LB/DB), Andrew Hensley (RB/WR/QB/LB), Gabriel Quezada (RB/LB), Isaac Santana (RB/CB), Wilbur Soriano (LB/DL/OL/RB) and Michael Love (DL).

The Cowboys (3-7) will be heavy underdogs when they compete against the Seahawks at the JV level.

The AFC champion Seahawks (11-2) made history this year by participating in the Cen-Cal Super Bowl for the first time in program history.

The sixth-place Cowboys failed to advance to the playoffs.

"This is our last game of the season," Seahawks head coach Randy Flanagan said. "We're going to bring it. It's for bragging rights."

The Seahawks and Cowboys pee-wee football teams compiled 7-4 and 4-6 records in their respective leagues.

The Seahawks placed third in the Cen-Cal AFC standings and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

The Cowboys finished 4-6 and sixth in the DYFL South Division.

The Seahawks have never lost to the Cowboys at the junior-varsity, pee-wee and rookie levels.

The Seahawks will hold a raffle fundraiser for Cen-Cal Jr. Football League member Jayden Thomas during halftime of each game.

Thomas, 10, lost his life earlier this month when the vehicle his family was riding in was struck by a drunk driver while returning home from a home playoff game.

Jayden played for the Los Banos Wildcats' pee-wee youth football team.

Fundraiser ticket prices are $10 for one and $20 for three.

Ceres will also accept donations.