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Bulldog receiver fills stat sheet in defeat
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Ceres High School's varsity football team had a forgettable Senior Night.

The host Bulldogs lost 54-21 to Patterson last Friday.

"We didn't execute as a team," Ceres High senior receiver Caden Johnson said.

The Bulldogs dropped to 2-7 on the year and 0-5 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Tigers improved to 7-2 and 4-1.

Ceres High has been outscored 251-76 in WAC play.

Opponents average 50.2 points per game.

Johnson, the top receiver in the Stanislaus District, grabbed 10 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns last week.

He continues to fill the stat sheet despite being double covered.

"I'd rather see us win," Johnson said when asked about his individual success and his team's struggles.

Bulldog quarterback Blake Hurst completed 17 of 32 passes for 249 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against Patterson.

Backup Devon Ruger passed for 49 yards with one TD and one pick.

Damien Underwood caught two passes for 37 yards and one touchdown. He collected four tackles and one sack on defense.

Dylan Canatsy totaled 87 yards on seven receptions.

Ceres High mustered just 25 rushing yards on 17 carries.

Jorge Arroyo was limited to 18 yards.

Patterson capitalized on three turnovers and one botched punt en route to building a 54-14 lead in the opening half. Ceres High trailed 33-0 at the end of the first quarter.

"It was disheartening," Johnson said. "I thought we'd hang with them. We just gave them easy ways to score. If we didn't make those mistakes, it would have been closer."

Nick Marchy, Patterson's head coach, graduated from Ceres High School in 1997.

He helped coach varsity football with the Bulldogs for three seasons (2002-04) and JV for two years (2000-01).

Ceres High will battle crosstown-rival Central Valley this Friday at Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

The Hawks have won the last five meetings.

Ceres High won the inaugural showdown in 2006.

"It's going to be a great game," Johnson said.