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Monterey Peninsula College football picks Lubinsky
CHS grad joins program with winning tradition
Quarterback Chris Lubinsky filled the stat sheet while starring at quarterback for two seasons on Ceres Highs varsity football team. Lubinsky passed for 5,595 yards with 54 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions in 20 career games. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Quarterback Chris Lubinsky filled the stat sheet while starring at quarterback for two seasons on Ceres High's varsity football team.

Lubinsky will continue his playing career with the Monterey Peninsula College Lobos.

"I felt like this was the best fit for me right now," said Chris, who turned down a scholarship offer from NAIA member Bethany College of Kansas. "It puts me in a good position to succeed."

Lubinsky toured Monterey Peninsula College, a community college, in March.

"The coach reached out to me and expressed interest," Lubinsky said. "I thought that was pretty cool. I visited the campus with my mom. It's a beautiful place to live. I can't wait to be a part of the football program. They've had a lot of recent success."

Lubinsky spent part of his summer training with his new teammates in Monterey.

He's unsure of his playing status for the 2017 season.

Chris wants to compete for the starting position.

"I don't know for sure if that's the route they have for me," he said. "I just have to prepare myself for whenever my time comes. All I can do is work hard. I understand it's going to be an adjustment if I redshirt. I'm willing to make that sacrifice to help make the program as successful as possible. I'll learn the system, physically develop and get a year of my school work done."

The Lobos compiled a 10-1 overall record, tied for first place in the Golden Coast Conference (5-1) with West Hills Coalinga and defeated Los Medanos College 28-21 in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl.

Former Monterey Peninsula College quarterback David Fales got drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2014 following a success-filled career at San Jose State.

Fales passed for 4,635 yards and 37 touchdowns during his two seasons with the Lobos.

"They have a good history with quarterbacks and placing them at four-year schools," Lubinsky said.

A two-year starter at quarterback, Lubinsky led the Western Athletic Conference in touchdowns (15), yards (1,400), yards per game (280), completions (114), attempts (172) and rating (108.2) this past fall.

Chris passed for 2,918 yards with 28 TDs and just eight picks while completing 65 percent of his passes on the year.

The much-improved Bulldogs went 4-6 and finished fourth in the WAC standings (2-3).

Ceres High fell two wins shy of qualifying for the playoffs.

The Bulldogs last participated in the postseason in 2004.

A former standout quarterback with the Bulldogs, Ceres High head coach Bret Durossette praised Lubinsky for his stellar play.

"Chris had an excellent high-school career," Durossette said. "He did a phenomenal job. He gave us everything he could give us."

Chris joined elite company as one of Ceres High's all-time greatest passers.

Derrick Goblirsch (class of 2005) led the Bulldogs to the Modesto Metro Conference title his senior year and back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths. Goblirsch ranked second in the Stanislaus District and first in the MMC in passing in 2004. He guided Ceres to its first league championship in 18 years. The Bulldogs also hosted a first-round playoff game for the first time since 1994.

Donnie Donaldson (class of 1989) propelled Ceres High to an appearance in the Division-II section championship game in 1988. Donaldson threw for 254 yards and scored once on the ground as the Bulldogs suffered a heart-breaking 14-12 loss to Los Banos.

Rex Holm (class of 1969) ranked among the top 10 quarterbacks in Northern California while guiding Ceres High to a perfect 10-0 record and the Mountain Valley League crown (4-0) in 1968. He passed for 21 touchdowns, helping the Bulldogs end a 17-year championship drought.

Brad Bussard (class of 2015) totaled 4,394 yards, 73 touchdowns and 27 interceptions in 20 games.

Ceres High compiled a 9-4 record, captured the Golden Valley League title (5-1) and lost 44-3 to El Camino in the Division-II section finals with Durossette directing the offense in 1985.

"I was really lucky to be a part of the program," Chris said. "There are a lot of things we can look back on and be proud of."

Lubinsky completed 413 of 682 passes for 5,595 yards with 54 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions in 20 career games.

Chris had a 7-13 record as Ceres High's starting quarterback.

The 2016 Bulldogs had their WAC title and Sac-Joaquin Section playoff hopes dashed during the second-to-last week of the regular season.

Ceres High needed to beat Pacheco to remain in the hunt.

The Panthers edged the Bulldogs by the slimmest of margins, 42-41, in Los Banos.

Ceres High lost despite generating 506 yards and six touchdowns on offense.

Lubinsky passed for a career-high 466 yards, believed to be a program record, and three TDs.

He connected with Marcellus Boykins on a 10-yard scoring play to cut the deficit to one with 10 seconds to play. Chris' potential, game-winning 2-point conversion pass to Andrew Gibson fell short in the end zone.

Chris earned first-team all-WAC honors for his outstanding play as a senior.

He was an honorable-mention selection his junior year.

"I'm never satisfied," Lubinsky said. "I'm always trying to better myself."