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CHS endures rough start to football season
Ceres High School's varsity football team took a step in the right direction during its 35-28 overtime loss to Downey on Sept. 18.

The Bulldogs regressed Friday night in Ceres, falling 34-0 to Calaveras.

"We went in fully expecting to compete and win," Ceres High head coach Brett Johnson said. "We just didn't play very well. It's as simple as that."

The Bulldogs were forced to play with a makeshift offensive line due to injuries.

Center Alex Sanchez and guard Tony Spinella missed the game after getting hurt in the team's setback to the Knights.

Backup center Ryan Medeiros was relegated to the sidelines as well. He suffered a knee injury during Tuesday's practice.

Several other Ceres High players did not dress out for the third straight week, including linebacker/running back Hadon Lopez (knee) and lineman Chris Husong (shoulder).

"The offensive line is the most important unit on the field," Johnson said. "If you don't have a cohesive unit, it's tough to win."

The Bulldogs had three turnovers against the Redskins, bringing their season total to 12.

Ceres High, which ran just 14 offensive plays in the first half, mustered 136 yards in the one-sided game.

Quarterback Josh Edwards completed 9 of 16 passes for 95 yards with one interception and one fumble.

Receiver Justin Canatsy was limited to four catches for 34 yards.

Tailback Brent Ward rushed for 39 yards on nine carries.

"It's hard to win when your offense isn't on the field very much," Johnson said. "You can't give away the ball. You have to hold onto it. That's definitely been a contributor to our lopsided losses."

Ceres High will travel to Sonora (3-0) on Friday for its first Valley Oak League game. Kickoff is slated for 7:15 p.m.

"We play in one of the toughest conferences in the section," Johnson said. "If we can get healthy, it's definitely going to help us."

JV Bulldogs edged out

With no timeouts remaining and the game clock reading six seconds in the fourth quarter, Ceres High junior-varsity football quarterback Nick Welsh took a quick snap and tried to sneak his way into the end zone from the 1-yard line.

The visiting Calaveras Redskins responded with a goal-line stand to preserve a 22-21 preseason victory over the Bulldogs on Friday.

"It's a good learning experience for us," Ceres High coach Anthony Dean said. "We didn't deserve to win because our effort wasn't there at practice during the week."

The Bulldogs (2-1) had a host of contributors on offense.

Welsh completed 9 of 13 passes for 183 yards with two touchdowns. He also had 50 rushing yards.

Zach Naylor ran for 125 yards and one score.

Ivan Raya and Binder Atwal combined for 133 yards, seven receptions and two TDs.

Jr. Moniz amassed 97 all-purpose yards (50 receiving and 47 rushing).

"Our offensive line did a great job," Dean said. "Nick's jersey was clean after the game because they gave him time."

Frosh Dawgs tie

The Ceres High freshman football team's final preseason game against Calaveras ended in an 18-18 tie on Thursday.

The visiting Bulldogs (0-2-1) evened the score on Seth Garza's 25-yard halfback pass to a wide-open Caden Johnson in the final minute.

"It was the perfect play," Ceres High head coach Bill Curlis said. "They weren't ready for it."