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Ceres High varsity football coach Bret Durossette took off his headset and looked on as Golden Valley ran out the clock at the Bulldogs' 5-yard line. He walked onto the field after the game to shake hands with the Cougars' coaches and players.

Golden Valley spoiled Ceres High's homecoming with a 31-14 win Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

"We're better than that," Durossette said. "We didn't show up ready to go. We had way too many mistakes."

"It's frustrating," said Ceres linebacker Luis Malagon. "I'm so used to winning. Our defense is doing good. We need some help from our offense."

"We fought to the end like we always do," said Ceres defensive coordinator Brett Johnson. "It was no surprise."

The Bulldogs fell to 0-4 overall. The Cougars improved to 3-0-1.

Atwater will play host to Ceres High on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

"Atwater is a team that we can beat," Durossette said.

Golden Valley dominated every facet of the game.

The Bulldogs totaled just seven first downs and 119 yards of offense.

Quarterback Ross Tate completed 9 of 16 passes for 98 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He was sacked four times. for minus-36 yards.

Jake Loveland hauled in a 15-yard TD pass.

Armando Valencia had two catches for 52 yards.

Dingko Luangchai had five catches for 21 yards.

The Bulldogs managed to gain just 21 yards on the ground on 28 carries. Fullback Byron Clark ran for 35 yards on 12 carries and scored one touchdown. Dingko Luangchai rushed for 5 yards in six attempts.

Golden Valley racked up 13 first downs and 268 yards of total offense.

Nigel Grayson and Eric Green led the Cougars' rushing attack, which gained 210 yards on 37 carries.

Grayson ran for 111 yards on 14 carries and scored one touchdown.

Green scored once and finished with 52 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Golden Valley quarterback Reid Herchenbach completed 4 of 11 passes for 58 yards.

The Cougars led 17-0 at halftime thanks in part to 14 points off two Ceres turnovers.

Golden Valley's first score came after Bill Pedrozo stepped in front of Tate's pass near the 50-yard line.

Golden Valley marched 48 yards in eight plays.

Herchenbach finished the drive with a 4-yard run. He fumbled the snap, picked up the ball and scampered into the end zone at the beginning of the second quarter.

Ceres' subsequent possession ended with a punt. Golden Valley capitalized on excellent field position. Adrian Trevino booted an 18-yard field goal at the 3:30 mark.

Clark's fumble help set up Golden Valley's third score with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. He failed to secure Tate's hand-off.

The Cougars recovered the ball at the Ceres 17 and scored four plays later on Grayson's 4-yard run.

Each team scored 14 points in the second half.

Lynelle Bell's 2-yard run capped a 50-yard drive and put Golden Valley ahead 24-0 in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs recovered a fumble at the Ceres 32 midway through the third quarter.

Tate engineered an eight-play, 68-yard scoring drive. Clark scored on a 1-yard run with 47 seconds remaining.

Green's 23-yard run capped a 67-yard drive and extended the Cougars' lead to 31-7 with 9:40 left in the fourth.

The Bulldogs had an impressive 10-play, 63-yard drive in the final quarter.

Tate threw at 15-yard TD pass to Loveland with 4:20 left in regulation.

The Cougars and Bulldogs combined for 18 penalties.

Golden Valley was penalized 11 times for 871/2 yards.

Ceres was penalized seven times for 55 yards. - By DALE BUTLER /Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier