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CHS battles Hughson, Sonora
Ivan Raya plowed his way into the end zone from the 1-yard line.

James Rice hauled in a 35-yard pass from Blake Hurst while being draped by a defender.

Nick Welsh picked off an errant throw.

George Arroyo delivered bone-jarring hits on defense.

Ceres High's varsity football team had its share of highlights during Saturday's scrimmage with visiting Hughson and Sonora.

"We did a lot of things well," Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette said. "It's something to build on."

"It was so fun to be able to hit another team," Hurst said. "We improved throughout the day. We didn't throw everything out there. We just ran our base plays."

Welsh and Raya are returning, varsity players.

Rice attended El Cerrito High School last year.

Hurst and Arroyo will be valuable additions to the team.

Blake was a major contributor at the junior-varsity level the past two seasons.

Arroyo didn't play a season ago. He'll start in place of linebacker/running back Zach Naylor, who's sidelined because of health-related issues.

"George surprised all of us," Hurst said. "He's not the biggest guy out there but lays wood on people. He's just a good football player all the way around. He's a stud."

Durossette led Ceres High to one league championship and back-to-back playoff berths during his first stint as head coach (2000-2005). He was brought back to help turnaround a program that struggled to a 7-43 record from 2006-10.

Ceres High will open the 2011 season Friday at Ripon High School. The non-league contest will get underway at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs edged the Indians 22-15 last year.

Said Hurst: "I'm not making guarantees but I'm confident in our team. It's really important to start the season off right. We'll be ready."