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Bulldogs cant rekindle magic versus Hawks
Junior quarterback Chris Lubinsky was limited to 179 yards and one touchdown during Ceres Highs 48-14 loss to crosstown-rival Central Valley on Nov. 6. The Bulldogs finished 3-7 overall and fifth in the Western Athletic Conference (2-4). - photo by Courier file photo

Ceres High's varsity football team snapped a seven-year losing streak against Central Valley during the final day of the 2014 regular season.

The 24-7 upset victory prevented the Hawks from making their second straight playoff appearance.

The Bulldogs lost the 2015 showdown, 48-14, to Central Valley on Nov. 6 at Ceres High.

"I did think the game would be closer," Ceres High junior quarterback Chris Lubinsky said. "They executed their game plan pretty well. They did a good job of limiting what we do well. They had a pretty persistent pass rush. We could never get our running game going."

Ceres High compiled a 3-7 overall record and placed fifth in the Western Athletic Conference (2-4) this year.

Central Valley finished 7-4 and second in the WAC standings (5-1).

"They've worked hard to get to where they're at," Lubinsky said. "I'm really looking forward to what next year holds for us."

Ceres High mustered just 175 net yards and one touchdown on offense versus Central Valley.

The Bulldogs had minus-4 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Lubinsky got sacked five times while facing constant pressure for most of the night.

"We went into the game expecting to win," Lubinsky said. "We didn't play to our full potential. We could have played better."

Lubinsky finished 20-for-32 with 179 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

He averaged just nine yards per completion.

Austin Stiles, Ceres High's top receiver, caught five passes for 63 yards and one TD.

Marcellus Boykins finished with 49 yards on five catches.

Seth Gibson hauled in four passes for 29 yards.

Johnni Smith-Willis was limited to 31 yards on six carries.

"We couldn't get our offense in sync," Lubinsky said. "They kept us out of rhythm."

Ceres High's defense allowed 455 yards and six touchdowns on 55 carries.

Central Valley all-everything Moses Ghiorso rushed for 214 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries.

Fullback Jamarea Lumpkin gained 156 yards and scored one TD on 25 carries.

Johnny Pittman added 24 yards and a score on three attempts.

Hawk quarterback Reuben Rodriguez passed for 83 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Tight end Franky Ramirez caught two passes for 43 yards and one TD.

Central Valley trailed 14-7 at the end of the first quarter as Ceres High's Christian Vasquez returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown and Lubinsky connected with Stiles on a 3-yard scoring play.

Vasquez totaled three tackles in defeat.

Aaron Black, Aiden Moore and Armani Rivera led the Bulldogs in tackles with 10 apiece.

Wyatt Ogden collected nine tackles.

A.J. Torres had five tackles and one interception.

The Bulldogs were outscored 41-0 during the final three quarters.

Central Valley spoiled Ceres High's Senior Night, collected its program-best seventh victory and finished second overall in the WAC standings.

The Hawks improved their all-time record versus the Bulldogs to 2-8.

"I congratulated some of their players and coaches after the game," Lubinsky said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to build on the good things we did this year. We're close to getting to the .500 mark."