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Bulldogs football program experiences major turnaround
Dawgs entertain Homecoming fans with 41-13 win
Ceres High sophomore quarterback Dalton Durossette tosses a 44-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Gibson in the second quarter of Fridays game versus Johansen. - photo by Photo courtesy of Richard Story

Ceres High's varsity football team had an impressive showing in front of its Homecoming fans last week.

The Bulldogs followed up their 34-33 comeback victory over Hughson with a 41-13 win against Johansen Friday night.

"It's a really big win for us," Ceres High dual-threat running back Andrew Gibson said. "It's brought us a step closer to our goal, which is a positive record for the season. We just have to keep working hard and not get too big headed."

The Bulldogs (3-1) are off to their best start since the 2003 campaign.

Ceres High had a total of four victories last year.

"We're where we hoped we'd be," Bulldogs defensive coordinator Brett Johnson said. "It's a great situation for us to be in. It's definitely something the kids deserve."

"Being an underdog is motivation," Gibson added.

Ceres High rolled up 460 yards of total offense versus Johansen.

Sophomore quarterback Dalton Durossette completed 13 of 21 passes for 219 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Gibson rumbled for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

He averaged 9.5 yards per attempt.

Gibson also hauled in three passes for 63 yards and one TD.

Felipe Martinez gained 42 yards and scored one touchdown on eight carries.

He caught two passes for 28 yards.

Zach Baker added an 8-yard rushing TD.

Johnny Hutson had a 55-yard touchdown reception.

David Nichols totaled 70 yards on six catches.

Jorge Tiscareno made five of six point-after kicks.

Ceres High thoroughly entertained its Homecoming fans in the opening half.

The Vikings had no answers for the Bulldogs, who seized the momentum with a 28-0 scoring barrage.

Gibson accounted for three of Ceres High's touchdowns.
Baker scored once.

Andrew's over-the-shoulder 44-yard TD grab and Tiscareno's fourth PAT gave the Bulldogs an insurmountable lead.

"It felt like a normal catch," Gibson said. "We scored on that exact same play two times against Hughson."

Ceres High's defense turned in its most complete performance of the season against Johansen.

Baker, Andrew Alcala, Argel Arroyo, David Caravalho and Jaime Topete finished with seven tackles apiece.

Angel Padilla had two tackles and one forced fumble.

Javey Gomez had one tackle, one interception and two pass deflections.

Nicholas Santana had one tackle and one fumble recovery.

The Bulldogs allowed zero points and just 26 yards of total offense in shutting out the Vikings during the first half.

"They were playing solid, aggressive, big-hitting defense," Johnson said.

Ceres High topped winless Johansen (0-4) for the sixth year in a row.

The Bulldogs beat the Vikings 33-28 in 2016, 47-36 in 2015, 35-24 in 2014, 51-48 in 2013 and 45-32 in 2012.

"Coach (Bret Durossette) put a lot of emphasis on staying focused and not worrying about all the Homecoming distractions," Gibson said. "Our offense did great. Our defense stopped them. We just completely dominated."

Ceres High will face the host Atwater Falcons (0-3) this Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs will match last season's win total with a victory.

"Our kids are still hungry," Johnson said. "They have a desire to be successful."

Added Gibson: "We have a lot of people that play with a lot of heart."