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Bulldogs challenge Jaguars for a half
Gregori pulls away in third quarter
Junior Brad Bussard has passed for 851 yards and eight touchdowns through Ceres Highs first two games. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Unable to slow down Gregori's Wing-T rushing attack, Ceres High School's varsity football team suffered its second consecutive preseason loss.

The host Jaguars pulled away for a 45-30 victory over the Bulldogs Friday night at Don Lanphear Stadium.

Winless Ceres High lost to undefeated Gregori despite amassing twice as many first downs (25-10), more total yards of offense (476-387) and one less turnover (2-3).

"They probably thought it was going to be a walk in the park," Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette said. "We competed. We were right there. We could have won. We're getting better."

Varsity newcomer Brad Bussard had another prolific performance while starring at quarterback for Ceres High, which dropped to 0-2 on the year.

Bussard finished 38-of-57 for 414 yards with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions.

Brad has totaled 851 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

Bussard ranks first in California in completions, attempts and yards, and second in TDs according MaxPreps. He ranks 16th in the nation in passing yards.

"It's only his second game as a varsity quarterback," Durossette said. "I don't know where he ranks in the state but he's up there. We're not losing the games because of what he's doing. We're averaging 35 points per game. Our offensive line is doing a great job. Hopefully, we can get better defensively."

Dylan Canatsy hauled in 15 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown.

Harman Chung totaled 146 yards and one TD on 12 receptions.

Dominic Durossette caught two passes for 11 yards and one score.

Juan Anderson finished with 49 yards on eight catches.

Jimmy Bates' lone pass attempt resulted in a 19-yard touchdown.

The Jaguars (2-0) limited the Bulldogs to 43 rushing yards on 21 attempts.

Brent Bussard gained 31 yards and scored one touchdown on 13 carries. Bussard registered a team-high 12 tackles.

Ramon Coral collected five tackles and one sack.

Haydon England had one sack.

Gregori piled up 348 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 40 carries.

Andrew Nash rumbled for 184 yards and three scores. He also returned an interception 97 yards for a TD.

Alex Labanon ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Tanner Goudeau, Gregori's quarterback and the son of former Bulldog standout Brad Goudeau, tossed a 39-yard TD pass to Todd Stewart.

The Bulldogs trailed 19-17 at the break. Ceres High battled back from a 12-0 first-quarter deficit.

Gregori seized the momentum in the third period by tallying 18-unanswered points.

"We had some breakdowns," Durossette said. "They made big plays. That's been our MO the last few years."

The Bulldogs edged the Jaguars, 27-26, last season. The two teams posted a combined record of 5-15 in 2012.

Ceres High's junior-varsity and freshman football teams lost 52-0 and 47-0, respectively, to the Jaguars. The Bulldogs' lower-level teams both have identical 0-2 records.

Ceres High will play host to Downey this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The JV contest will get underway at 5:30. The frosh game will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Ceres High's varsity team has compiled an 0-6 record against Downey since 2007, losing 74-0 last season and 69-7 two years ago.

The Bulldogs topped the Knights 21-14 in 2006.

"One of the biggest problems we have is our running game," Durossette said. "We don't have one. We have to rely a lot on the pass. I don't think they can stop us. We're going to shock the world."