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Dawgs lose by blowout to Downey
Ceres High fans exited Chuck Hughes Stadium before the completion of Friday's varsity football game with Downey.

The Bulldogs struggled mightily in losing 74-0 to the heavily-favored Knights.

Ceres High fell behind 67-0 in the opening half.

Downey won last year's meeting, 69-7. The Bulldogs faced a 62-0 deficit at intermission.

"That game is over with," Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette said. "We got to learn from it. We have a lot of room for improvement. Our kids are going to try as hard as they can."

Ceres High dropped to 1-2 in non-conference play.

Downey improved to 2-1.

The Bulldogs mustered just 187 yards of total offense while committing three turnovers against the Knights.

Jorge Arroyo carried the ball 19 times for 85 yards.

Blake Hurst completed just 6 of 17 passes for 71 yards with two interceptions.

Caden Johnson totaled 60 yards on four receptions.

Downey registered two safeties, recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown and returned an interception for a score.

"We made a lot of mistakes," Durossette said.

The Knights racked up 554 yards of total offense.

University of Hawaii-bound QB Aaron Zwahlen finished 13 of 18 passes for 303 yards with four touchdowns in the first half. Zwahlen tied a national record for TD passes in a single half with seven during last season's rout.

"That's the best quarterback we'll face all year," Durossette said. "He's legit."

Tristan Best caught three passes for 105 yards and one touchdown.

Michael Falepouono, Richard Lopez and Herman Harris all had one TD catch.

Downey piled up 251 yards on the ground.

Juan Vaa-Ayala ran for 156 yards and three scores on just eight attempts.

Mario Sanchez added a rushing TD.

Downey fans chanted "This game's over" before the start of the second half.

"We knew it was going to be a challenge," Johnson said. "We prepared well. We watched a lot of game film on them. We just didn't execute. I'm not saying we didn't give maximum effort. They were better than us. They have a lot of talent. It's a lesson for all of us. We can't go into any game with fear. We'll bounce back."

Ceres High will play at winless Johansen (0-3) this Saturday at 1 p.m. The Vikings lost 27-0 to Central Valley, Ceres Unified's second high school, last Friday.

"It's going to be a competitive game," Durossette said.