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Cowboys have high expectations
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Moe Walker and Reg Evans have been coaching youth football together for five years. They've never led the Ceres Cowboys past the first round of the playoffs.

"This year is going to be different," said Evans, defensive coordinator for the JV squad. "This team could go to the Super Bowl. The only way we don't get there is if we beat ourselves."

"We got a lot of talent," said Walker, head coach.

This year's team features 35 players.

"Our kids are very coachable," Evans said. "We also got a lot of veterans."

Dominick Walker, Shane Degenstein, Steven Smith, D.J. Cordero, Greg Hoover, Adam Hall, Joey Moncibaiz, Estevan Flores, Anthony Loya, Alonzo Lacy, Dayjohn Sallie, Adrian Garcia, Lamar Reese, Chad Atchison, Brent Ward, Terrence Sadler and Matt Miranda will lead Ceres' offense.

Walker and Degenstein will split time at quarterback.

"Both of them are really smart," Evans said.

Hall, Smith, Hoover, Cordero and Moncibaiz play on the offensive line. Hall is a center. Smith and Hoover are guards. Cordero and Moncibaiz are tackles. Flores and Loya will also be in the mix.

Atchison, Ward, Sadler and Miranda play receiver. Atchison is a tight end. Ward, Sadler and Miranda are wideouts.

Lacy, Sallie, Walker, Garcia and Reese make up Ceres' rushing attack.

Walker, Garcia, Lacy, Ward, Atchison, Sallie, Flores, Cordero, Moncibaiz, Smith and Chris Francis will lead Ceres' defense.

"I have nine or 10 kids on defense that can play multiple positions," Evans said.

Ceres' defensive line features Smith at nose tackle, Flores at right tackle, Cordero at left tackle, Francis at right end and Moncibaiz at left end.

The Cowboys' linebackers are Walker and Garcia. Walker and Garcia will roam the middle and outside, respectively.

Lacy, Ward, Sallie and Atchison play in the secondary. Lacy and Ward are cornerbacks. Sallie and Atchison are safeties.

The Cowboys will secure a berth in the playoffs with a top-four finish in the Delta Youth Football League's South Division. The conference features eight teams, including the Cowboys, Delta Rebels, Empire Eagles, Manteca Chargers, Modesto 49ers, Modesto Rams, Riveroaks Redskins and Tracy Raiders.

"We're not the biggest team in the league but we're scrappers," Evans said. "We're real fast. We're going to be ready."

Added Walker: "I'm looking forward to the season."

The Cowboys open the 2005 campaign against the Bears at Ceres High School on Saturday. The game starts at 1 p.m. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the

Ceres (Calif.) Courier