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Dawgs rally in second, turn blowout into respectable result
Ceres High School's varsity football team mounted a furious comeback, rallying from a 29-0 halftime deficit during Friday night's homecoming contest with Livingston.

The Bulldogs got within seven points in the fourth quarter before the Wolves put the game away.

Livingston held off Ceres High, 42-28, in front of a sea of red-clan fans.

"We just ran out of time," Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette said.

Ceres High dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Wolves improved to 4-4 and 1-3.

Ceres High amassed 361 yards of offense. The Bulldogs totaled just 311 yards the previous two weeks.

Ceres High quarterback Blake Hurst tossed touchdown passes to Eric Madrigal, Damien Underwood and Dylan Canatsy.

Hurst totaled 157 yards while connecting on 17 of his 21 attempts.

Backup Devon Ruger completed 6 of 16 passes for 88 yards.

He also rushed for 76 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries.

Tailback Jorge Arroyo ran for 42 yards on 16 attempts.

Caden Johnson caught a career-high 13 passes for 159 yards.

Madrigal and Adam Welsh both collected a team-high 11 tackles.

Underwood registered six tackles.

Abel Anaya had four tackles and one sack.

Dominick Durossette tallied one interception.

Ceres High outscored Livingston 28-13 in the second half.

Madrigal had a 4-yard TD catch in the third quarter.

The two teams combined for five touchdowns in the final period.

Ruger scored on a 1-yard run.

Damien and Dylan hauled in TD passes of 2 and 9 yards, respectively.

Canatsy's score and David Page's point-after kick cut the deficit to 35-28.

Juan Zuniga's 50-yard touchdown scamper sealed the victory for the Wolves.

"Our kids could have quit," coach Durossette said. "But they haven't done that all year."

Ceres High will return to the gridiron on Oct. 26.

The Bulldogs will play host to the Nick Marchy-led Patterson Tigers at 7 p.m.

Marchy graduated from Ceres High in 1997. He helped coach varsity football for three seasons (2002-04) and JV for two years (2000-01).

"I'm excited for Nick," Bret Durossette said. "He's doing some good things. I wish him the best."