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Ceres, Patterson scrimmage
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Patterson got the best of Ceres High in a varsity football scrimmage on a hot and humid Thursday night last week. The visiting Tigers posted a 30-0 victory over the Bulldogs.

"It's the first time they've suited up together with the exception of practice," Ceres coach Brett Johnson said. "I thought they did well. We saw a lot of good things from some of our younger players (Marcus Hilgen, Martino Bertolotti and Hadon Lopez)."

"We're a lot better team than this," Ceres senior fullback/linebacker Matt Smith said. "We really didn't execute to our potential on both sides of the ball tonight."

While the score turned into a rout, the game was actually close in the early going as Patterson took a 6-0 lead on Larry Taylor's 12-yard scamper.

The Tigers tallied touchdowns on their final four possessions.

Senior running back Robby Samano scored from 18 and 16 yards out.

Junior quarterback Daniel Reza added TD runs of 19 and 50 yards, the last coming on a misdirection play.

Patterson's stingy defense kept Ceres High's offense out of the end zone. The Bulldogs did have six plays result in gains of at least 10 yards.

The play calling was predictable.

"We were very basic," Johnson said.

Senior quarterback Zack Atchison completed passes of 28, 14 and 10 yards to senior Michael Staggs, junior Brandon Avila and junior Martino Bertolotti, respectively.

"It's definitely faster and more intense," Bertolotti stated when asked about competing at the varsity level for the first time.

Matt Smith broke loose for runs of 18 and 10 yards.

Senior running back Devin Eudy's longest run covered 12 yards.

Junior defensive back Marcus Hilgen led the Bulldogs with an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Senior lineman Sean Jones tallied a sack.

Freshman linebacker Hadon Lopez recovered a fumble.

"We played hard, swarming defense from start to finish," Johnson said.

Ceres High faces a rebuilding year in 2007. The Bulldogs lost more than 30 seniors from last season's 4-6 team, including nine all-league selections.

Atchison, Eudy, Smith, Staggs, Mayiank Kumar, Aaron Salazar, Anthony Melo, Grant Tompkins, Miles Valor and Thomas Vanderlaan returned to the program.

"We're young," Smith said. "We're still developing."

Added Atchison: "We got to improve on everything if we want to be successful this season. It all starts in practice."