By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Bulldogs gaining confidence
Ceres High School's varsity football team put on a respectable showing during its full-contact scrimmage with Johansen and Patterson Thursday night at Bulldog Stadium.

"I'm definitely pleased," said Marc Ortega, one of Ceres High's three team captains and a two-way starter on the line. "Our defense was aggressive. We started off slow on offense, then picked it up. We still have a lot to work on but we'll get there."

Justin Canatsy caught two touchdown passes from Josh Edwards.

The seniors have been teammates for four years, including two at the varsity level.

"We know what each other's thinking," Canatsy said. "We're best friends off the field."

The Bulldog crowd erupted when Justin turned a four-yard catch into a 54-yard touchdown against Patterson.

"It was an audible," he said. "No one was on me."

Canatsy also had an 11-yard TD reception versus the Tigers.

Johansen narrowly outplayed Ceres High.

"It's the best scrimmage we've had the last five years," head coach Brett Johnson said. "It's nice to see the confidence start to rise."

Added Canatsy: "We were running our plays right on offense. Our whole defense stepped up. We were all clicking. This is what we've been practicing for."

Hadon Lopez, Ceres High's standout middle linebacker and running back, did not play because of a knee injury. He's scheduled to have an MRI done this Thursday.

"He'll definitely be missing some time," Johnson said. "Ideally, he comes back this season. If there's the slightest chance he can do more damage, we're going to play it safe. He has a future."