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New-look CHS competes at Modesto JC
Andrew Gibson and the Bulldogs competed against Mountain House, Orestimba, Escalon and Sonora during the Modesto Junior College 7-on-7 Passing Tournament on July 8. Ceres High compiled a 2-2 record. - photo by Courier file photo

Ceres High School's football program capped off its summer schedule with a respectable performance at the 11th Annual Modesto Junior College 7-on-7 Passing Tournament on July 8.

The new-look Bulldogs compiled a 2-2 record.

Ceres High finished 2-1-1 in 2016.

"Our kids tried really hard," head coach Bret Durossette said.

The Bulldogs are moving forward without quarterback Chris Lubinsky, receiver Marcellus Boykins and tight end Conner Johnson. The trio graduated in June.

"It's really different," Ceres High senior running back/linebacker Andrew Gibson said. "I'm used to standing in the huddle with those guys."

Sophomore Dalton Durossette has been tabbed as Lubinsky's successor.

Dalton passed for 1,390 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading Ceres High's junior-varsity football team to a 7-3 overall record this past fall.

"Everybody has confidence in him," Gibson said. "He throws the ball well and isn't afraid to run when he needs to. I think he's ready for the challenge."

Gibson rushed for a team-leading 576 yards and eight touchdowns during his junior year with the Bulldogs.

He also caught 30 passes for 241 yards and two TDs.

"We've changed our offense because of him (Andrew)," coach Durossette said. "He's that good."

Ceres High collected wins against Mountain House and Orestimba at the 2017 Modesto JC Tournament.

The Bulldogs lost to Escalon and Sonora.

"It's always fun to compete against other teams," Gibson said. "We did really well our last two games. We were talking more. We were scoring almost every drive."

Ceres High players will focus on weight training and conditioning during the Sac-Joaquin Section-imposed Dead Period, which got underway on Monday.

First official practices for the 2017 campaign will held on July 31.

Ceres High hasn't enjoyed a winning season or made the playoffs in varsity football since 2004.

The Bulldogs went 4-6 and placed fourth (2-3) in the Western Athletic Conference in 2016.

"If we can improve on our record, that would be great," Bret Durossette said.