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Game time arrives
Angelo Bermudez joined the Ceres Cowboys youth football organization in 2006.

He had a breakout season at the varsity level last season.

Bermudez's final year with the Cowboys could be his most productive.

He'll play running back and defensive back.

"In my opinion, he should be the top back in the league," head coach Shane Trousdale said. "He's very determined. He hates losing. He's going to be a huge factor."

Bermudez's most productive game came during the Cowboys' 22-14 victory over the Ceres Seahawks in the First Annual Ceres City Championship.

Angelo rumbled for 142 yards and three touchdowns.

He scored on runs of 34 and 52 yards as the Cowboys stormed to a 16-0 lead in the opening half.

Bermudez had two interceptions while playing safety in the DYFL All-Star Game. He had 11 picks on the year.

Other players expected to contribute this season include Fidel Gaitan (OL/DL/LB), Jorge Gonzalez (OL/LB), Anthony Gonzales (OL/DL), Kelly Love (RB/CB), Jaymon Ofisa (TE/S), Eric Lane (FB/LB) and Phillip Dean (OL/DL).

Fidel, Jorge, Anthony and Kelly are returners.

Gaitan was a DYFL All-Star selection a season ago.

Jaymon, Eric and Phillip are newcomers.

Ofisa and Lane suited up for the Ceres Saints and Modesto Rams, respectively, last year.

Dean is a first-year player with a lot of potential.

"We got some veterans from last year's team," Trousdale said. "We also got a lot of kids who have never played before."

Ceres will play against the North West Trojans, East Stockton Yellowjackets, Tracy Raiders, Modesto-Empire Vikings, Modesto Titans, Manteca Chargers, Tracy Cougars, Lathrop Jr. Spartans, Modesto 49ers, Dublin Falcons and Delta Rebels this year.

The Cowboys finished 6-6, placed third in the South Division and qualified for the DYFL Playoffs in 2009.

"We'll do better than last year," Trousdale said. "I know we'll be competitive."