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A work in progress
Ceres High School's football program posted a 2-2-1 record while competing at the Downey Passing Tournament on Saturday in Modesto.

"I actually thought we did pretty well," head coach Bret Durossette said. "It was a great opportunity for the kids. They learned a lot."

Ceres High beat Gustine and Johansen, tied Grace Davis, and lost to Beyer and Modesto High.

"It's not about winning or losing here," Bulldogs' all-purpose player Nick Welsh. "It's about getting better and experience."

Blake Hurst, a 6-foot-2 junior, took the majority of snaps at quarterback.

"He's in the driver's seat right now," Durossette said. "He's a pretty talented kid."

The Bulldogs' first possession against Beyer was impressive.

Hurst completed seven of his first eight pass attempts.

Blake capped the drive with a 5-yard TD strike to junior Caden Johnson.

Hurst completed 8 of 14 passes with two interceptions versus Modesto High.

"Blake's a smart kid," Welsh said. "He's got a lot of potential."

Nick totaled eight catches against Beyer and Modesto High. He also played defensive back.

Welsh split time at quarterback with George Borden during the 2010-11 season.

Ceres High finished 1-9 overall and placed last in the Western Athletic Conference standings (0-5).

"We all want to win really bad this year," Welsh said. "We got a lot to prove."