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End-of-year awards
Ceres High's varsity football program placed five players on the 2008 All-Valley Oak League Team as selected by the conference's coaches during a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 8 at Manteca's David and Sylvia's Family Dining.

"We were recognized appropriately," Bulldogs head coach Brett Johnson said.

Hadon Lopez and Kyle Cerny earned first-team honors.

Lopez a sophomore middle linebacker, amassed 87 tackles, five-and-a-half sacks and two fumble recoveries.

"Defensively, he was always around the ball," Johnson said. "He's just a second-year linebacker. He's still learning."

Cerny followed in the footsteps of Matt Smith by becoming the second Bulldog punter to gain recognition in the past two years.

Kyle, a junior, kicked 40 times for 1,159 yards with five balls downed inside the 20-yard line. He had two punts over 50 yards and four over 40.

"We could always rely on him," Johnson said. "He never caved under pressure."

Justin Hidahl, Josh Edwards and Martino Bertolotti were selected to the VOL second team.

Hidahl, a senior, was recognized for his dominant play on the offensive and defensive lines.

Justin accumulated 42 tackles, three sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and two blocked field goals.

"He brought consistency and experience to our team," Johnson said. "He anchored the offensive line. He was one of the best defensive ends in the league. It's going to be a big spot to try to fill next year."

He also provided protection for Edwards, Ceres High's first-year quarterback.

Josh, a junior, tossed for 1,732 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"He had a great year," Johnson said. "There were weeks when he looked like the best quarterback in our league. It's exciting to have him coming back."

Bertolotti, a senior receiver, grabbed 38 passes for 523 yards and seven touchdowns. He collected 40 tackles and three interceptions while playing cornerback on defense.

"Tino's a great kid," Johnson said. "He's a hard worker. I was really happy for him to get recognized."

Honorable-mention accolades went to Danny Martinez (OL/DL), Moises Quintana (OL/DL) and Justin Canatsy (WR).

Martinez, a senior, made 34 tackles.

Quintana, a senior, had 27 tackles and half-a-sack.

Canatsy, a junior, hauled in 36 passes for 569 yards and four touchdowns.

"He (Justin) was a good complement to Martino," Johnson said. "He held his own in games."

Ceres High posted a 2-8 overall record and finished in sixth place in the VOL (2-5).