Ceres High’s varsity football team opened the 2016 season with a 40-13 loss to visiting Weston Ranch last Friday.
The Bulldogs will look to bounce back against East Union tonight in Ceres.
“We can’t let what happened last week carry into this week,” Ceres High senior quarterback Chris Lubinsky said. “We have to have a short memory. We have to use it as motivation. The sense of urgency is turned up now. We know we can’t start the season 0-2.”
The Bulldogs and Lancers didn’t play each other last fall.
East Union replaced Gregori on Ceres High’s 2016 non-conference schedule.
Ceres High defeated East Union 33-21 in 2011. The win ended the Bulldogs’ 12-game losing streak dating back to the 2010 season.
“We saw East Union at a 7-on-7 passing tournament,” Bulldogs senior cornerback/receiver Nick Jones said. “It looks like they’re a good passing team. It really doesn’t matter who we play. We just want to improve as a team. Everybody has to do their job.”
Ceres High mustered just two touchdowns against Weston Ranch last week.
The Bulldogs averaged 30.1 points per game in 2015.
“We had spurts where we played well,” said Lubinsky, who completed 25 of 42 passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Weston Ranch outscored Ceres High 34-6 after intermission.
The Bulldogs held a slim 7-6 lead heading into the third quarter.
Ceres High had minus-4 yards rushing on 19 carries during the contest.
“The game got away from us,” Lubinsky. “I think we’ll be able to bounce back.”
The Bulldogs will compete at home for the second straight week.
Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.
“We’ll do everything we can to try to win the game,” Lubinsky said. “I know we’re going to have to score a lot more points. I believe we’ll be able to do that. We want to put ourselves in a good position moving forward in the season.”