Chris Lubinsky and Austin Stiles were one of the top quarterback-receiver duos in the Stanislaus District in 2015.
Lubinsky will target Ceres High varsity football teammate Marcellus Boykins more this fall as Stiles was lost to graduation in June.
Lubinsky, Boykins and returning and prospective Bulldog players will compete at the 10th Annual Modesto Junior College 7-on-7 Passing Tournament this Saturday.
"I fully expect us to compete and be in contention to win the whole tournament," Chris said. "Last year was a good measuring stick for us."
Ceres High advanced to the semifinals last summer. The Bulldogs compiled a 2-2 record at the 16-team tourney. Lubinsky tossed 12 touchdown passes in four games.
"Every time you go out there, you want to do your best," Lubinsky said. "I want to see how our team plays. I'm going to try to put us in position to win the tournament."
Lubinsky and Boykins could make up one of the best pass-catch combinations in the area during the 2016 campaign.
"I see him (Marcellus) having a great year," Chris said. "He was a solid No. 2 guy last year. He has the athletic ability to put up numbers similar to Austin. He's an explosive playmaker. I'm excited with all the weapons we have on the offensive side of the ball."
The Bulldogs bring back a handful of pass catchers from a season ago, including Boykins, Conner Johnson, Austin Crain, Wyatt Ogden and Nick Jones.
"It's now or never for us to try to turn this program around," Lubinsky said. "We don't have room for error. We're going to have to produce every game."
Ceres High's top newcomer is Andrew Gibson, who could see playing time at running back, receiver and defensive back.
Gibson starred at the junior-varsity level last fall.
Seth Gibson, Andrew's older brother and a 2016 Ceres High grad, was voted Western Athletic Conference's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.
"I've been really impressed in what I've seen from him (Andrew) so far," Lubinsky said. "He adds a different element to our offense. He makes good decisions. He's very elusive. He's tough. He's not afraid of contact. He can do it all."
Added Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette: "He's very athletic and talented. He's got a lot of potential."
The Modesto JC passing tourney will begin at 9 a.m.