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Ceres football defense stellar in 31-0 victory
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When Brian Borges picked off Michael Cerda's pass at the Ceres 30, he knew what was at stake. His second interception helped the Ceres High football team secure a 31-0 shutout victory against Beyer and extend its winning streak to three games Friday night at Johansen High School.

"This is the second year in a row they haven't scored against us," Borges said.

The Bulldogs limited the Patriots to 155 yards of offense, including 131 passing and 14 rushing.

Beyer quarterback Kyle Loretelli completed 6 of 22 passes for 96 yards and was intercepted twice. He finished 1 of 8 for 19 yards in the second half.

Ceres' defense sacked Loretelli seven times.

"I knew we were going to be able to get to him," said Ceres High defensive coordinator Brett Johnson. "We just had them outnumbered. They couldn't block us on the schemes that we were doing."

Luis Malagon had a team-high nine tackles and 11/2 sacks.

Zack Wiedenbeck had 11/2 sacks.

Nick Eudy had five tackles and one sack.

James Gmachoswki, Daniel Munoz and Robbie Kerr each had one sack.

Daniel Smith had four tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Taleni Uti had eight tackles. Dingko Luangchai had five tackles.

Gresham recovered a fumble.

"The defense stepped up," said Ceres quarterback Derrick Goblirsch. "They gave us great field position. And we capitalized on all of their mistakes."

Ceres gained 273 yards, including 117 rushing.

Luangchai ran for 49 yards on four carries. He also caught one pass for 16 yards.

Ray Robles ran for 36 yards on 11 carries and scored one touchdown. He also caught one pass for 15 yards.

Goblirsch completed 16 of 24 for 152 yards and scored twice.

Cruz Flores caught five passes for 66 yards.

The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in the Modesto Metro Conference, 4-3 overall.

The Patriots fell to 0-2 in the MMC, 1-5-1 overall.

The Bulldogs blew the game open in the first half as they outscored the Patriots 17-0.

Beyer committed back-to-back turnovers.

The Patriots fumbled the opening kickoff.

The blunder led to Gresham's 32-yard field goal.

Borges picked off Loretelli at the Ceres 40 and returned it to the Beyer 15.

Goblirsch scored from 1-yard out on a quarterback sneak.

Eudy's 9-yard touchdown reception from Goblirsch capped a seven-play, 57-yard drive with 1:57 remaining in the second quarter.

"We jumped on top early and that helped us a lot," Goblirsch said.

Ceres scored twice in the span of 1 minute, 37 seconds in the second half.

Robles' 12-yard run capped a 69-yard drive with 9:47 remaining in the third quarter.

Beyer turned the ball over on its subsequent possession.

Smith intercepted Loretelli's pass and returned it 20 yards for a score.

The Bulldogs play host to the Johansen Vikings (2-5, 0-2 MMC) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

"They're not a bad team," Johnson said. "They're a pretty talented team." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier