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Dawgs earn all-Modesto Metro Conference honors
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Six Ceres High varsity football players earned all-Modesto Metro Conference honors, including Adam Kent, Dingko Luangchai, Jake Loveland, Ross Tate, Luis Malagon and Brent Avila.

Kent, Luangchai, Loveland, Tate, Malagon and Avila led the Bulldogs to a fifth-place finish in the league standings (1-4).

“Each of them did a super job every Friday night,” Ceres coach Bret Durossette.

Kent earned second-team, all-MMC honors on offense and defense.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior anchored Ceres' offensive line. He played guard. Kent registered 26 tackles at defensive end.

“We thought Adam was good enough to be a first-team guy,” Durossette said. “He was dominant on both sides of the ball.”

Luangchai and Loveland earned second-team, all-MMC honors on offense.

Luangchai, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior tailback, gained 207 yards on 60 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also had seven catches for 112 yards.

“Dingko is a heck of a ball player,” Durossette said. “He'll have an opportunity to continue on (at the college level).”

Loveland, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior tight end, had 12 receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. He made several one-handed catches.

“He did a good job blocking too,” Durossette said.

Tate earned second-team, all-MMC honors on defense. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior safety made 24 tackles.

“He was pretty awesome,” Durossette said. “He put some licks on some guys.”

Malagon and Avila earned honorable mention, all-MMC honors.

Malagon, a 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior linebacker, had 24 tackles.

Avila, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior linebacker, had 39 tackles, two sacks and one blocked punt.

Team awards

Luangchai, Loveland, Kent, Malagon, Byron Clark and Levi Phillips took home top honors from the Bulldogs' banquet, held at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High School Wednesday night.

“It was great,” Durossette said. “We had all but two varsity guys show up.”

Luangchai and Loveland shared the Offensive MVP award.

Luangchai, the Bulldogs' most versatile player, racked up 721 yards of total offense. He ran for 521 yards on 116 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also had 20 catches for 200 yards. On defense, Luangchai accumulated 46 tackles and three interceptions at safety.

Loveland, Ceres' sure-handed tight end, had 18 catches for 179 yards and four touchdowns. He registered 54 tackles, one sack and one interception at linebacker.

Kent won the Lineman of the Year award. He had 58 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Malagon won the Defensive MVP award. He had 89 tackles and one fumble recovery.

Clark and Phillips received the Coach's award.

Clark played fullback and linebacker. The 6-foot, 190-pound junior gained 260 yards on 72 carries and scored one touchdown. He had five catches for 40 yards. Clark made 25 tackles.

Phillips was a reserve linebacker. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior had 23 tackles and one sack.

Luangchai, Loveland, Kent, Malagon, Clark and Phillips guided Ceres High to a 2-8 overall record. - By DALE BUTLER /Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier