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Ceres High School's varsity football team had plenty of reason to celebrate after Nick Welsh combined with Jeremy Cagle on a 65-yard scoring pass play in the first period of Friday night's Western Athletic Conference home contest against heavily-favored Patterson.

The Bulldogs tallied just one touchdown on offense in their previous 12 quarters.

"It was exciting to see something executed to perfection," said George Borden, one of Ceres High's offensive linemen. "I can guarantee they were looking past us."

Shut out in the second and third quarters, the Bulldogs' hopes for an upset were dashed as the Tigers pulled away for a 56-12 victory at Ceres High.

Patterson reeled off 49 straight points, including 28 off Bulldog turnovers.

"They're just a really good football team," Borden said. "There's a reason they're 8-1. They're really aggressive. They can score at will. Their depth is crazy. I kind of compare them to the Oregon Ducks."

Ceres High dropped to 1-8 on the year and 0-4 in the WAC.

Patterson improved to 4-0 in the conference standings.

The Bulldogs tallied 145 yards and four turnovers on offense.

Ceres High quarterback Nick Welsh totaled 105 yards (78 passing and 27 rushing) with one touchdown and one interception.

Bryson Waring, Anthony Amirfar and Brent Ward gained 21, 13 and six yards, respectively. Amirfar accounted for Ceres High's second touchdown.

Defensive back Matt Miranda had four tackles and one interception for Ceres High.

Linemen Shannon Dinsdale and Dashawn Mena both tallied one sack.

George Garcia led Patterson's rushing attack with 102 yards and three touchdowns.

Pio Vatuvei also scored three times, including twice on the ground.

Brian Todd had a 2-yard rushing TD.

Ceres High surrendered seven straight touchdowns after trading scores with Patterson in the opening quarter.

"It would have been closer had we held onto the football," Bulldogs head coach Brett Johnson said. "For whatever reason, we had three fumbles and one interception. We imploded. We couldn't do anything."

Amirfar scored on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter.

"There wasn't a lack of effort," Borden said. "We tried the best we could."

The Bulldogs have been outscored 185-20 in WAC play this year.

JV Bulldogs shut out in second half

Ceres High School's JV football team built a slim 6-0 lead in the opening half of last week's league game with Patterson.

"Defensively, we created three turnovers," Bulldogs head coach Clinton Goblirsch said. "Offensively, we moved the ball well."

Ceres High struggled the rest of the way in falling 15-6 to the Tigers on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

"We had some penalties that put us in some tough situations," said Goblirsch, whose team dropped to 5-4 overall and 1-3 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Blake Hurst completed 10 of 25 passes for 161 yards and two interceptions. He rushed for 36 yards on four carries.

Caden Johnson caught seven passes for 140 yards.

Freshman Raul Godinez gained 45 yards on 10 carries. He made five tackles and recovered one fumble on defense.

Joey Longtin had a rushing touchdown, six tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Jr. Garcia and Erik Madrigal both collected a team-high 10 tackles.

Abel Anaya registered a sack.

Longtin scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

Patterson tallied its touchdowns, both on the ground, in the third and fourth quarters

Ceres High will face crosstown rival Central Valley (4-5, 1-3) this Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

The contest will begin at 5:30 p.m.

"It should be competitive," Goblirsch said. "We're going to battle for four quarters."

Central Valley pounded host Livingston, 27-0, last week.

Freshman Bulldogs 8, Tigers 0

Ceres High School's freshman football team edged host Patterson 8-0 in WAC play last Thursday.

The Bulldogs improved to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in league.

Angel Garcia tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Gabriel Solis in the opening quarter.

Raymond Camacho added the two-point conversion.