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Bulldogs lose to Wolves, 39-8
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Ceres High School's varsity football team had its homecoming spoiled by Livingston last week.

The Wolves exploded for 26 points in the second quarter and rolled to a 39-8 victory over the Bulldogs Friday night.

"We had such high hopes going into the season," Ceres High head coach Brett Johnson. "For whatever reason, the injury thing hit us. We try to do the best we can each week. It would be nice to see where we would be right now if we were healthy."

Livingston improved to 6-2 on the year and 1-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Ceres High (1-7, 0-3) lost its seventh consecutive game.

Bulldog standouts Hadon Lopez (linebacker), Zach Naylor (running back/linebacker) and Steven Smith (guard/defensive end) were sidelined with foot, oblique and thigh injuries, respectively.

Lopez missed his fourth straight game. He totaled 64 tackles against Ripon, Hilmar, Downey and East Union.

"Hadon's still leading the team going into Week 9," Johnson said. "He brought a lot to the team. Zach plays bigger than his stature. He's a competitor."

Junior quarterback Nick Welsh accounted for 94 of Ceres High's 96 yards of total offense.

He carried the ball 20 times for 64 yards with one touchdown.

He completed 3 of 8 passes for 30 yards.

"He's emerging as a team leader," Johnson said. "Each play, he goes 100 miles per hour. He's a lean, tough kid."

Ivan Raya (defensive back) made a team-high 10 tackles for the Bulldogs. He was sidelined the previous week with a shoulder injury.

Livingston scored four touchdowns in the second quarter on its way to building a 32-0 lead in the opening half.

"We started off okay," Johnson said. "We just couldn't generate anything offensively. We only ran 13 plays in the first half."

Ceres High scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter.

Welsh engineered a nine-play drive. He scrambled 18 yards for a score and added the two-point conversion.

Facing a 32-8 deficit, the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs at the Livingston 2-yard line. Welsh's fourth-down pass to Jeremy Cagle fell incomplete with 11:45 to play in the fourth quarter.

"We finally got some things going in our favor but couldn't punch it in," Johnson said.

Ceres High will play host to first-place Patterson (7-1, 3-0) this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

JV Bulldogs earn first league win

Ceres High School's junior-varsity football team won its first league game last week.

The host Bulldogs dominated Livingston, 38-6, on Friday in Ceres.

Ceres High improved to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Wolves dropped to 1-7 and 0-3.

The Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak.

"The kids are pumped about it," head coach Clinton Goblirsch said. "We talked about getting our first WAC victory all week. We limited our mistakes and put lots of points on the board."

Ceres High's rushing attack totaled 234 yards on 28 attempts.

Freshman Raul Godinez rumbled for 107 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries.

Quarterback Blake Hurst threw for 65 yards and one touchdown.

Caden Johnson, Ceres High's top receiver and backup quarterback, chipped in with a pair of touchdowns.

Hakim Jordan had a TD reception.

Damian Underwood recovered three fumbles and scored once on defense.

Abel Anaya registered two sacks.

"We executed in all phases," Goblirsch said.

Frosh Bulldogs win

In desperate need of a victory, Ceres High School's freshman football team pounded host Livingston 58-8 on Thursday.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-5 on the year and 1-2 in the WAC standings. Ceres High lost its previous three games.

"We needed that win," Bulldogs head coach Tony Hillyer said.

Ceres High dominated the line of scrimmage.

The Bulldogs piled up more than 600 yards on the ground.

Gabriel Solis rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns.

Angel Garcia (130 yards and three touchdowns), Raymond Camacho (145 yards), Luis Salazar (102 yards and one touchdown) and Austin Sitton (69 yards) were also major contributors.